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Remembering a Good Friend

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For more than a few decades, Herb Friedman has been a dear friend of the Dreskins, of The Jonah Maccabee Foundation, and of Woodlands Community Temple’s Jonah Maccabee Fund. He supported Billy as a rabbi, the many projects of the Foundation, and (most especially) the music we brought to Woodlands in support of Jonah’s fund there.

Herb died this weekend.

But what a life he lived. Devoted to family, friends and community, Herb made a real difference in this world. So many people have benefitted from his life and work that we would never be able to list them all here. Suffice it to say, we are incredibly grateful he was here and that we were lucky enough to know and love him.

In Judaism, we use the expression, “Zecher tzadik livracha … may his memory be for a blessing.” No question here. Herb was a blessing and always will be a blessing.

Here’s a list of folks who’ve contributed to The Jonah Maccabee Foundation in Herb’s memory:

Alexa Kaner
Neil L Mendick
Valerie and Bruce Cortalano
Susan Cicelsky, retired RCSD
Corporate Travel Management
Joyce and Edward Kelley … thinking of your father who has departed and yet his heart, love and teachings still live on in you
NYP Media Team
Jason Wirchin
Kay McKim … to honor a life dedicated to his family, people, education, and the Jewish life
Laurel Freeman
Harriet Kohn … in appreciation for all of Herb’s contributions to Woodlands Community Temple and, more specifically, for his support of and involvement with the temple’s Project Ezra Social Action program
The Schorr Family
Ann Dery and Charlotte Kerwick
Medugno family

We’re grateful to you all.

Ellen, Billy, Katie and Aiden Dreskin

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Just Saying Thanks

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Last night, rabbi and stand-up comedian Bob Alper performed in our home to benefit Israel in its time of great and urgent need. We filled all the seats but many of you donated even though you were not able to attend. And we just want to say thanks.

Because of your generosity (and Bob Alper’s for donating his performance fee), together we raised $10,000!

Our family is immensely grateful for the faith you continually place in us. We have asked for gifts so many times across the years, and you just keep saying yes.

Because of you, we have been able to help in countless ways to make this world a better place.

Y’all are amazing.

As always, it is our privilege to stand with you in bringing increased goodness into our troubled world. We do so in Jonah’s name. We do so in your name. We do so in the name of our common humanity.

Thanks deeply,
Ellen, Billy, Katie and Aiden Dreskin
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation

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Thank you … to those who, in 2024, have provided funds so we can make a difference in people’s lives

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Gail Nalven

Rick and Elisa Recht

Anonymous … in memory of Claudia Helene Siegel

Bonnie Mitelman … in memory of Jonah Dreskin

Karen Steele

Isaac Reuben

Julie Goldstein Feldman

Naomi and Richard Binenfeld … Kol HaKavod, Billy and Ellen … and Beged Kefet’s older but still beautiful voices

Geri Pell

Corey Friedlander

Madelyn Katz

Rabbi Julian and Susie Cook … love the new song!

Rabbi Jeffrey .Clopper

Ian Silver

Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman

Anonymous

Alan and Carolyn Berkowitz … with thanks to the Dreskins and Cantor Rosalie Will for an unforgettable weekend at Temple B’nai Shalom

Barry Wallack … the few days you spent with us at Temple B’nai Shalom were just amazing!!!

The Levan clan … in memory of Linda Kaplan

The Carrolls … in honor of Katie

Anonymous

Elliott and Phyllis Rosen

The Bordwin family

Cindy J Hoffman

Karyn Rondeau Harline … in memory of Jonah

Your friends at the American Jewish Archives

Lisa Ann and Akiva Wharton

Steve Hummel and family

Adam Namm and Mei Huang … in memory of Norman Friedman

Ira Lichtiger and Joyce Bluestone

Dorothy Walrond

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Thanks to all who have contributed to our “December ’23” Campaign

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We are so grateful that you take the time and dollars to support our work. It’s incredibly gratifying and this list of donors to our “December ’23” Campaign is a small but earnest expression of our thanks. May our shared efforts bring ever-increasing goodness into a world that so desperately needs it.

The Dreskins


Glynis Conyer

Marjory Selig

Mary Ann and Gary Shamis

Anonymous

David Komerofsky & Ronit Sherwin

Linda Lucks … in honor of Rabbi Billy and Cantor Ellen Dreskin

Dan and Joy Firshein

Jan Katzew … in honor of Lanie Katzew

Charles and Nancy Fishman

Kathy and Louis Bordman … in memory of Jonah Maccabee Dreskin

Michael Mellen

Sally Winter

Roberta Roos

Darren and Elizabeth Levine … in honor of Katie Dreskin

Kenny Feldman

Rabbi Larry and Rhonda Karol

Jay and Erica Leon

Rabbi Norman M. Cohen … in memory of Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro

Rene Katersky

Bobbi Tornheim … in honor of Richard Soley

Lois and Jay Izes

Beth Sher

Don Fast

Cantor Danielle Rodnizki

Kathy Tuchman Glass

The Dreskin family (editor’s note: of Albuquerque)

Naomi and Richard Binenfeld … in celebration of our friendship with the Dreskins and in memory of Jonah’s spirit

Nicole Roos

Cantor Jill Abramson

Edward Schecter

Robbie and Nellie Harris

Julie de Winter-Stein

Kim Geringer

Marcy and Eric Silver … in honor of the Dreskin family

Dr. Helen Krim

Marsha Shapiro … in memory of Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro

Roberta Grossman

Craig Taubman … in memory of Jonah

Iris Bildstein

Rose Snitz

Rabbi Joan and Andy Farber

Angela Stone … in honor of Ellen Dreskin, my best friend in high school

Wendy Grinberg

Karen Steele

Barb and Len Stambler

Anonymous

Rabbi Susan Marks and Mr. Bruce Black

Joel and Pam Chernoff

Kyla and Mitchell Schneider … in honor of the Dreskin Family and all of their good works!

Jeanne and Jay

Rabbi Mo Salth

Ruth Rugoff and Joe + Annie Potischman … in honor of the Dreskin family

Renni Altman and Rick Wender … in honor of Daniel Wender

Linda Harvey … in honor of Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman

Robin Sacharoff … in memory of Rita and Howard Sacharoff, Shirley Hunter, Rosalind Sloane, Mimi Boonshoft and Lois O’Neil

Ilene Berger

Norman and Terry Cohen

Vivian and David Singer

Rabbi Mara, Mark, Noah and Asher Young

Mark Kamins

Rabbi Hillel Cohn

Jo and Frank Hariton

Peter and Sandy Rosenthal

Rabbi Beth D. Davidson

Sue and Tom Schaeffer

Naomi S Morse

Josh Perlstein

Jeanne and Murray Bodin

Rabbi Norman and Andrea Cohen … in memory of Rabbi David Ellenson

Myron Katz … in memory of Rina Katz

Neil and Denise Weinstein

Ellen G. K. Rubin … in honor of the Dreskins

Jessica and Chuck Myers

Carol Scharff

Merri Rosenberg

Nir Topper

Rena Dreskin Schoenberg … in memory of Jonah Maccabee Dreskin

Justine Berkowicz

Rabbi Larry Milder

Corey Friedlander … in honor of all of you!

CTM (Corporate Travel Management) … in memory of Norman Friedman

Jeremy Woolfe … honoring Rabbi Larry Hoffman on his retirement

Marc Rosenstein

Madeline Hendricks Lewen

Holly and Scott Rubin … in memory of Jonah Maccabee

Jody and Michael Weinberg

Carol Ochs

Joan Dreskin Funk

Cantor Benjie Schiller and Rabbi Lester Bronstein

Sharol Brickman

Dan and Kelly Kaskawits … in memory of Tammy Kaskawits

Terri and Steve Levin

The Klapman and Kaufman families … in memory of Norman Friedman

Cantor Lisa Levine

Wendy Jennis and Doug Mishkin

Rabbi Jonah Pesner and Dana Gershon

Herb Friedman … in memory of my brother, Norm

Marian Milbauer … in honor of Mickey Milbauer for her contributions to making the world a better place

Abby and Harry Heiman

The Maxwell Sedel Family Foundation

Marilyn and Jeff Bilsky

Mildred Richter

Sue Shankman and Michael Namath

Evan and Faye Friedman … in memory of Norman Friedman

Tracy Friend

Anonymous … in memory of Jonah Dreskin

Lees Family

Roberta and Roger Wetherbee

Anonymous

Cantor Richard and Marsha Cohn

Barry and Joanne Citrin

The Kaminskas family … in memory of Chris Kaminskas

Bari Ziegel

Morris L Kramer

Jeffrey Nakrin

Adrian Durlester

Harvey Feldman

Alice Passer and Barry Krieger … in memory of David Passer and Jonah Dreskin

The Levine family … in honor of Rabbi Billy

The Cattans … in memory of Fred Rothschild

Allison Pincus and Matt Scult … in memory of Jonah Dreskin

Dan Pliskin family

Pietra, Alan, and Ben Cohen … in honor of Ben’s graduating from high school

Kim Geringer

Nina Luban and Scott Bonci … in memory of Jonah Maccabee

Geri Pell

Patti Linsky

Tony and Selena Barron

Gail Nalven

Henry and Diana Asher

Eileen Reiter

Dale Glasser

Jordy and Beth Sperber Richie

Andrew Katz and Susannah Sagan

Kenny Green … in memory of Jonah Maccabee Dreskin

Addie and Rick Lupert

 

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With Your Help, Here’s What We Accomplished In 2023

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Dear friends,

It’s been a tumultuous year, to be sure. So much fear and so much suffering. But throughout it all, there are always lights of hope, people like you who care, who want to do something to make the world better, and who succeed. These individuals may not finish the task, but they most certainly move it along.

The Jonah Maccabee Foundation seeks out such folks and, in partnership with YOU, we award grants, financial assistance that won’t finish the task but will move things along.

With abundant gratitude for your support, here’s how we used your donations in 2023:

In Israel and Gaza …

  • IsraAID … partnering with local organizations and civil society initiatives in Israel’s south, focusing on psychosocial support, stress relief activities, and relief supplies as needed
  • American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera) … provides humanitarian and development aid to the Middle East, specifically the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Jordan
  • Just One Chesed … providing Israeli soldiers and civilians with life-saving medical, tactical, and other essentials
  • Friends of IDF … works closely with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to provide for the well-being of its soldiers, veterans, and family members through educational, financial, spiritual, and cultural initiatives
  • Rabbis for Human Rights … an Israeli organization that works within the Occupied Territories to promote social and economic justice within Israel

In Ukraine …

  • Ukraine Children’s Action Project … works in Ukraine and Poland with a wide range of organizations and government agencies to help address the critical and growing needs of traumatized Ukrainian kids who are exposed to the unrelenting attacks of the Russian military
  • Shelter Friend – Ukraine … helping sick and injured stray animals in Dneproperovsk city, Ukraine, that have been caught in the crossfire of the armed conflict there
  • United 24 … the official fundraising platform of the nation of Ukraine, allows for the world to unite in protecting, supporting and rebuilding Ukraine during its battle to defend itself from Russian assault
  • IsraAID … throughout the conflict in Ukraine, IsraAID has provided essential services at the Moldovan border for fleeing refugees, established in Romania a supply chain for humanitarian aid into southern Ukraine, and has provided mental health and psychosocial support training in Ukraine itself for psychologists and social workers in Irpin and Bucha, cities in Kyiv region that saw the large-scale loss of civilian life

America’s ongoing immigration crisis …

  • Woodlands Community Temple (White Plains, NY) … with asylum seeking refugees that were bused to New York from Texas and Florida arriving to the Rivertowns (Ardsley, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry and more), families have been welcomed with open arms, The Jonah Maccabee Foundation providing grants to supplement meals, education and cultural events
  • Grannies Respond NYC … formed in response to the separation of families seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border in 2018, provides compassionate and respectful support for asylum seekers and immigrants who seek safety and security in the United States

In Turkey and Syria …

  • The White Helmets … benefitting from your donations to our Earthquake Relief campaign in February, The White Helmets are an all-volunteer relief organization on the ground in Syria, rescuing victims from the destruction there and then helping to rebuild lives in the earthquake’s aftermath
  • IsraAID … also benefitting from your donations to our Earthquake Relief campaign, volunteers from Israel have brought help to Syria, regardless of the ongoing discord between these two nations
  • Embrace Relief … receiving a grant from JMF on your behalf, this Turkish-American relief organization has partnered with other organizations and has sent their own volunteers to bring help to earthquake-ravaged Turkey
  • Bridge to Turkiye … , a Turkish-American relief organization that partners with other organizations to get the help to where it’s most needed
  • Oxfam America … this well-known super-hunger assistance organization works with partners to provide nearly two million survivors in the worst-affected areas of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria with clean water, food, shelter, blankets, and psychological support
  • Syrian American Medical Society Foundation … provides medical relief and healthcare to innocent civilians affected by the Syrian earthquake
  • World Central Kitchen … responded to the earthquake in Turkey in Syria by organizing teams of food first responders to get meals to the people who need them most

And so many other places that need your help …

  • Play Group Theatre … “preparing kids for every stage in life,” PGT understands that rather than the show what’s most important when kids do theatre is learning collaboration, sharpening listening skills, embracing creativity, and treating one another with honor
  • 6 Points Creative Arts Academy … a summer camp that strives to create holistic, meaningful experiences for young artists in a living laboratory for learning and performing
  • Judaism Alive … identifies, trains, promotes, and places young leaders in Jewish organizations throughout North America to keep the spirit of Judaism alive for future generations
  • Music to Life … finds and supports artists who are dedicated to helping people and the planet through their work on civil and human rights, climate change, poverty and health
  • Braver Angels … addressing the challenge of bringing together Americans who not only disagree on political issues but increasingly dislike each other
  • Mississippi River Network … disproportionately and unjustly impacted by pollution, public health disparities, and economic injustices, communities of color along the Mississippi River benefit from the efforts of the MRN which works for the well-being of the people, land, water, and wildlife of America’s largest watershed
  • Lifting Up Westchester Summer Camp and Youth Services … gives children who are experiencing homelessness in Westchester County, New York, a safe space filled with fun and games, plus literacy activities that help them retain the past year’s school lessons, preparing for success when the new school year begins, then stays with them to help ensure success throughout the entire year
  • Dream Street Foundation … provides camping programs for children and young adults with chronic and life threatening illnesses
  • Sing Unto God … works to elevate the practice of communal singing and meaningful worship for any person, congregation, or community wanting to learn about or experience the transformative power of uniting voices
  • Harmony Project … provides no-cost, high-quality music instruction and social support to underserved children in low-income communities, motivating them to cultivate their human potential
  • Food Bank for NYC … working to end food poverty in New York City’s five boroughs by helping low-income New Yorkers overcome their circumstances and achieve greater independence
  • National Diaper Network … provides basic necessities required to build the strong foundations all children, families, and individuals need to thrive and reach their full potential
  • The Tali Fund … in memory of Talia Faith Agler, supports Tali’s ongoing work and dreams, helping fund the Talia Agler Girls Shelter in Nairobi, Kenya
  • MindLeaps … creates educational paths for vulnerable children by engaging them in fun dance classes that are part of a carefully crafted curriculum to develop key cognitive and social-emotional skills vital to success in school and work
  • The Penguin Project … provides theatrical outlets across the country for young artists with developmental disabilities, joined onstage by children without disabilities who work side-by-side through rehearsals and performances
  • United Negro College Fund …awards more than 10,000 students scholarships annually, and provides financial support to 37 historically black colleges and universities
  • The PICO Union Project … distributes free, fresh produce, mentors high school students, plants gardens and trees, and provides art programs to lift the minds and spirits of the immigrant communities living in the El Pueblo district in Los Angeles
  • Lifting Up Westchester Summer Camp … gives children who are experiencing homelessness in Westchester County, New York, a safe space filled with fun and games, plus literacy activities that help them retain the past year’s school lessons, preparing for success when the new school year begins
  • Morningside Farm Sanctuary … an all-species animal sanctuary located in Veneta, Oregon, whose animals arrive through medical surrender or seizure, abandonment, feed lots, auction yards, hoarder cases and other conditions

We hope you feel as good about these grants as we do. Thank you so much for supporting us. We’re grateful to have you with us as we carry forward Jonah’s legacy — his zest for living and his passion for goodness — and, together, work to improve the lives of young people everywhere.

Wishing you every goodness,
Ellen, Billy, Katie and Aiden
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation

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Thanks to all who have contributed to our “Summer ’23” Campaign

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We are so grateful that you take the time and dollars to support our work. It’s incredibly gratifying and this list of donors to our “Summer ’23” Campaign is a small but earnest expression of our thanks. May our shared efforts bring ever-increasing goodness into a world that so desperately needs it.

The Dreskins


Roberta J Wetherbee

Lori and Tony Dreskin … in memory of Jonah

Naomi and Richard Binenfeld

Al and Sara Dreskin

Susan and Tom Schaeffer

Nicole Roos

Rabbi Larry Karol

Mattie and David Paul … in memory of Susan Sirkman

Julie and Scott Stein

Melissa Kaye-Swift

Jayne Wexler … in honor of Jonah and the Dreskins

Mary Ann Shamis

Jonathan Kessel … in honor of the memories I have of the great relationship between Herm Dreskin and Sol Kessel

The New Mexico Dreskins

Geri Pell

Eric and Marcy Silver … in honor of the Dreskin family and all the good that they do!

Mark S. Anshan and Brenda Spiegler … in honor of Ellen and Billy

Pietra, Alan, and Ben Cohen …  in honor of Ben on graduating high school

Deborah Halpern … in honor of Billy and Ellen

Stephen and Marjorie Richards

Anonymous

Tracy Friend

Susan and Steve Schwartz … in honor of Barbara and Larry Shuman, in gratitude

Dan Nichols

Louis and Kathy Bordman

Dana Anesi

Ruth Rugoff and Joe + Annie Potischman … in honor of Jonah Dreskin and his dear family

Matthew Grob

Cantor Lisa Levine

Molly Rodriguez

Steven Klaper … in memory of Rabbi Shaya Isenberg

Rene Katersky … in honor of Ellen Dreskin, teacher extraordinaire!

Lew Wyman and Susan Newman

Joan and Andy Farber

Jan and Lanie Katzew … in honor of Lanie and Sarit Katzew

Vivian and David Singer

Herb Friedman

The Sommer family

Bob Emerman

Harriet Levine

Merri Rosenberg

Michael Skloff

Regina H Silitch … in memory of Aidan Cameron Silitch

Carol Scharff

Dassi Citron

Kenneth I Green

Beth D. Davidson

Karen Steele

Lois and Jay Izes … in honor of the Dreskin family

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik

Justine Berkowicz

Ilene Berger

Marcy Kadin

Marta Kauffman

The Dowdle family … in memory of Jonah Dreskin

Dr. Isabelle Ganz … in memory of Abbie Lipschutz

Holly Desnet-Rubin and Scott Rubin … in memory of Jonah

Corey Friedlander … in honor of the Dreskin family

Marc Rosenstein

Cantor Todd Kipnis

Michael Ochs … in memory of Marvin Ochs

Irv and Angela Adler … in memory of Feige Adler and Joey Bochicchio

Charles and Nancy Fishman

Barbara Stambler … in honor of Marcy Kadin on her retirement

Jane Emmer and Stu Tygert

Anonymous

Jacy Good

Judy Mann

Kathy Tuchman Glass

Sally Winter

Michael Mellen

Robbie Harris

Beth Sher

Rebecca Schwartz

Rabbi David Gelfand

Cantor Danielle Rodnizki

Roberta Grossman

Alice Passer and Barry Krieger … in memory of David Passer on the 65th anniversary of his birth … we miss you every day

Linda Harvey

David Komerofsky … in honor of the Dreskins

Maurice Salth

Jeremy M Wolfe … in memory of Robert Hausman

Louise and Craig Taubman … in memory of Jonah

The American Jewish Archives, Dr. Gary P. Zola, Executive Director

Martha Dubinsky Witkowski

Jeanne and Murray Bodin

Roberta Roos

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With Your Help, Here’s What We’ve Accomplished So Far In 2023

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Dear friends,

We thought you might like to know how we spent the money you’ve donated to The Jonah Maccabee Foundation thus far in 2023 (with links to each recipient if you’d like to learn more):

In Ukraine …

  • Ukraine Children’s Action Project … works in Ukraine and Poland with a wide range of organizations and government agencies to help address the critical and growing needs of traumatized Ukrainian kids who are exposed to the unrelenting attacks of the Russian military
  • Shelter Friend – Ukraine … helping sick and injured stray animals in Dneproperovsk city, Ukraine, that have been caught in the crossfire of the armed conflict there
  • United 24 … the official fundraising platform of the nation of Ukraine, allows for the world to unite in protecting, supporting and rebuilding Ukraine during its battle to defend itself from Russian assault
  • IsraAID … throughout the conflict in Ukraine, IsraAID has provided essential services at the Moldovan border for fleeing refugees, established in Romania a supply chain for humanitarian aid into southern Ukraine, and has provided mental health and psychosocial support training in Ukraine itself for psychologists and social workers in Irpin and Bucha, cities in Kyiv region that saw the large-scale loss of civilian life
  • Grannies Respond NYC … formed in response to the separation of families seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border in 2018, provides compassionate and respectful support for asylum seekers and immigrants who seek safety and security in the United States

In Turkey and Syria …

  • The White Helmets … benefitting from your donations to our Earthquake Relief campaign in February, The White Helmets are an all-volunteer relief organization on the ground in Syria, rescuing victims from the destruction there and then helping to rebuild lives in the earthquake’s aftermath
  • IsraAID … also benefitting from your donations to our Earthquake Relief campaign, volunteers from Israel have brought help to Syria, regardless of the ongoing discord between these two nations
  • Embrace Relief … receiving a grant from JMF on your behalf, this Turkish-American relief organization has partnered with other organizations and has sent their own volunteers to bring help to earthquake-ravaged Turkey
  • Bridge to Turkiye … , a Turkish-American relief organization that partners with other organizations to get the help to where it’s most needed
  • Oxfam America … this well-known super-hunger assistance organization works with partners to provide nearly two million survivors in the worst-affected areas of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria with clean water, food, shelter, blankets, and psychological support
  • Syrian American Medical Society Foundation … provides medical relief and healthcare to innocent civilians affected by the Syrian earthquake
  • World Central Kitchen … responded to the earthquake in Turkey in Syria by organizing teams of food first responders to get meals to the people who need them most

And so many other places that need your help …

  • Play Group Theatre … “preparing kids for every stage in life,” PGT understands that rather than the show what’s most important when kids do theatre is learning collaboration, sharpening listening skills, embracing creativity, and treating one another with honor
  • 6 Points Creative Arts Academy … a summer camp that strives to create holistic, meaningful experiences for young artists in a living laboratory for learning and performing
  • Mississippi River Network … disproportionately and unjustly impacted by pollution, public health disparities, and economic injustices, communities of color along the Mississippi River benefit from the efforts of the MRN which works for the well-being of the people, land, water, and wildlife of America’s largest watershed
  • Lifting Up Westchester Summer Camp and Youth Services … gives children who are experiencing homelessness in Westchester County, New York, a safe space filled with fun and games, plus literacy activities that help them retain the past year’s school lessons, preparing for success when the new school year begins, then stays with them to help ensure success throughout the entire year
  • Sing Unto God … works to elevate the practice of communal singing and meaningful worship for any person, congregation, or community wanting to learn about or experience the transformative power of uniting voices
  • Harmony Project … provides no-cost, high-quality music instruction and social support to underserved children in low-income communities, motivating them to cultivate their human potential
  • Food Bank for NYC … working to end food poverty in New York City’s five boroughs by helping low-income New Yorkers overcome their circumstances and achieve greater independence
  • National Diaper Network … provides basic necessities required to build the strong foundations all children, families, and individuals need to thrive and reach their full potential
  • The Tali Fund … in memory of Talia Faith Agler, supports Tali’s ongoing work and dreams, helping fund the Talia Agler Girls Shelter in Nairobi, Kenya

We hope you feel as good about these grants as we do. Thank you so much for supporting us. We’re grateful to have you with us as we carry forward Jonah’s legacy — his zest for living and his passion for goodness — and, together, work to improve the lives of young people everywhere.

Wishing you every goodness,
Ellen, Billy, Katie and Aiden Dreskin
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation

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Thank you for donating to our Earthquake Relief Fund

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Thank you for participating in our efforts to bring some love and drastically-needed help to the earthquake-ravaged areas in Turkey and Syria. We are profoundly grateful for your partnership in making this happen.

The Dreskins


Laura and Matt Copel … in memory of Joseph Farhi

Susan and Richard Loether

Marge Thrope

Carol Scharff

The Levins

Mike and Stacey Silverman

Alexis A. Milford

Cantor and Mrs. Stephen Richards

Cantor Leon Sher

Chuck and Nancy Fishman

Rabbi Susie Moskowitz

Amy Dattner-Levy

Anonymous

Naomi and Richard Binenfeld

Bobbi Tornheim

Danny Siegel

Anonymous

Liza Pincus and Elie Salamon

Sue Bensadon

Sally Winter

Nicole Roos

Mary Ann and Gary Shamis

Jo and Frank Hariton

Corey Friedlander … in memory of Jonah Dreskin

Anonymous

Glynis Conyer

Robbie Harris

Cantor Suzanne Bernstein … in honor of Miryam Coppersmith

Roberta Roos

Barry Tenenholtz

Roberta Grossman

Rene Katersky

Martine and Bruce Klein

Henry and Diana Asher

Lois and Jay Izes

Susan and Andy Sterling

Terri and Steve Levin

Scott B. Cantor and Lisa E. Stone

Mattie and David Paul … in honor of the Dreskin family for all they do for others

Ruth Rugoff and Joe + Annie Potischman … in honor of The Jonah Maccabee Foundation

Riki Lippitz … in honor of Rhita Lippitz’s birthday

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Thank you … to those who, in 2023, have provided funds so we can make a difference in people’s lives

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John H. Planer

Richard Recht and Elisa Heligman-Recht

Susan and David Berger

Riki Lippitz … in honor of Beged Kefet

The Levins … in honor of Janey Pachman Welis and family, and Alden Solovy

Rabbi David Saperstein

David and Mattie Paul

Ilana Matteson

Stephen and Lori Corrsin

Mayta Cohen

The Levins … in honor of Sidney Levin

Aliza Ellen Burton … in honor of Shirley Burton, my stepmother who insisted that I get a Jewish education even though she is Catholic

Mark Horowitz and Tom Staebell … in honor of Cantor Ellen Dreskin

Barb and Jerry Wishner family

Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson

Harriet Kohn … in appreciation of Roberta Roos for all she does for the cause of social justice

Madelyn Katz

Cantor Katie Oringel … in honor of Daniel Cainer

Naomi and Richard Binenfeld

Nicole Roos

Rabbi Susie Moskowitz

Angela Stone

Rabbi Norman Cohen

Aliza Burton

Lisa Izes and Jason Laks

Marjory and Mark Selig

Stephen and Lori Corrsin

David Billotti and Rosalie Will

Marian Kleinman

Anonymous

Jeanne and Murray Bodin

Rabbi Peter J Rubinstein … in honor of Billy and Ellen Dreskin

Shari and Jonathan Turell

Rabbi Bernard H Mehlman … in honor of Rabbi Gustav and Sheila Buchdahl on the wedding of their grandson, Max Buchdahl, to Mara

Probert family … in memory of Jonah

Sarah Sager … in honor of Ellen Dreskin, my teacher, frequent source of inspiration, and cherished friend

Chana Rothman … in memory of Jonah Maccabee z”l

Judy Rubin Lacker

Cantor Lisa Levine

Corey Friedlander

Tom and Susan Schaeffer

Geri Pell

Dialectica Ltd

Beth Sher

Susan and Jonathan Stein

Karen Steele … in memory of Jonah

Anonymous … in memory of Jonah

Julie Goldstein Feldman

Marc Maxwell … in memory of David Passer and Rae Sedel

Jenna and Zach Plesent … in honor of Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman and Cantor Ellen Dreskin, for their help, guidance, and love, and for officiating our incredible wedding

Margo and Charles Wolfson

Our friends

Doug Mishkin and Wendy Jennis

Merri and Ramie Arian

Ira Lichtiger and Joyce Bluestone

Frances Rosenfeld

Bonnie Denmark Friedman

Myron Katz … in memory of Rina

Maxwell Sedel Family Foundation, Inc.

Marilyn and Jeff Bilsky

Phyllis Opochinsky

 

BillyThank you … to those who, in 2023, have provided funds so we can make a difference in people’s lives
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Just “thank you!”

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Whew! That was huge.

First of all, you stuck by us as we bombarded you with nearly a dozen emails this month. We’d wanted to share with you the wonderful videos from our 10th Anniversary Event, and you let us! Thank you for that.

Second, did you know that charitable giving is down everywhere because of the economy? But you came through for us! Thank you even moreso for that. We promise to use your dollars in as caring and compassionate a way as possible.

And all those videos? If you missed any, here they are one more time:

That’s it, friends. Thank you again. Sincerely. We’ll keep you updated on our projects. More than anything, you have our deep gratitude … for helping us remember Jonah Mac by turning love into action.

As always, you’re welcome to send additional donations, perhaps to honor someone YOU love.

Wishing you every goodness in the new year,
The Dreskin family
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation

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