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With Your Help, Here’s What We’ve Accomplished So Far In 2022

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Dear friends,

We thought you might like to know how we’ve been spending the money you donated to The Jonah Maccabee Foundation.

Here’s the rundown of the grants we’ve made so far during 2022:

  • IsraAid … supports Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and supplies humanitarian aid to southern Ukraine
  • Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center … provides free outdoor educational programming to low-resourced communities in the Boston Public Schools
  • 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
  • “Songleading: A Work of Art” … the Foundation has underwritten this important book that promotes the training of a new generation of capable, effective leaders of communal singing.
  • 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
  • The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project … provides free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in Arizona who face immigration removal proceedings, endeavoring to ensure each immigrant has access to counsel, understands their rights under the law, and is treated fairly and humanely
  • 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
  • The Reform Movement’s Racial Justice Campaign … combats voter suppression, addressing systemic racism by demanding policy change on both a state and federal level
  • Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights … advocates for the rights and best interests of immigrant children, from custody and release to the ultimate decision about whether the child will be allowed to remain in the U.S.
  • Play Group Theatre … “preparing kids for every stage in life,” PGT understands that the show isn’t what’s most important when kids do theatre. Learning collaboration, sharpening listening skills, embracing creativity, and treating one another with honor … these are what PGT is all about. We love that!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 52nd Street Project … creates and produces new plays for, and often by, kids ages 9-18 who reside in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City
  • 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.

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, Mark and Aiden
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation

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Thanks to all who have contributed to our “We’re 10 Years Old!” 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 “We’re 10 Years Old!” 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 and Boonshofts

 


Martha Dubinsky Witkowski

Roberta Roos

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Robbie Harris … in honor of the wonderful work you do

Karen Steele

Cantor Danielle Rodnizki … in honor of JMF’s 10 years!

Steve and Donna Sorrow

Vivian and David Singer

Rabbi Zachary A. Plesent and Cantor Jenna L. Mark

Rabbi Aaron M. and Janese Petuchowski

Jan and Lanie Katzew

Dr. Helen Meltzer-Krim … in honor of Ronna Weber

Bernard H Mehlman … in honor of Rabbi Gustav Buchdahl, the birthday of a great friend

Roberta Grossman

Rebecca Schwartz

Merri Rosenberg

Naomi and Richard Binenfeld … in honor of Daniel Loventhal’s 46th birthday

Norah Markey … in honor of Ellen and Billy Dreskin

Jeanne Weiland

Louis Shach, uncle of David Brokaw

Rene Katersky … in honor of the Dreskin family because I have so much respect and admiration for all you do, not only in this good work in Jonah’s memory, but for your continuous warmth of welcome and teaching

Kathy Tuchman Glass

Jesse Turner … in memory of David Brokaw, gone too soon

Marc Rosenstein

Beth Sher … in memory of Bobbie Kraus, who helped hundreds of children find their voice

Michael and Carol

Stephen Wise

Marta Kauffman … in honor of Ellen and Billy Dreskin

Rabbi Amy and Gary Perlin

Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman … in honor of ten years of bringing light

Rabbi Norman and Terry Cohen … in honor of Ellen and Billy Dreskin

Rabbi Maya Glasser … in honor of Rabbi Billy’s trip to Florida

Stan Schickler … in honor of everyone’s retirements!

Ira Lichtiger

Craig Taubman

Michael Skloff

Rochelle Novins … in memory of Jay and Kevin Novins

Lois and Bernie Bacharach

Cantor Tracey Scher … in honor of Larchmont Temple and in memory of Jonah Dreskin

Beth, Todd, and Josh Benjamin … in memory of Martin Klapman

Jennifer Jaech

The Carrolls

Michael Swit … in memory of Bruce H. Greene

Dan and Joy Firshein

Judy Fuhrer … in memory of Jonah

Rabbi David Gelfand

Noah Budin

Carolyn and Eldon Wexler

Glynis Conyer

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik

Rabbi Lisa and Josh Nelson

Joan, Tim and Abbey Funk … in memory of David Funk’s yahrzeit

Geri Pell

Rabbi Joan and Andy Farber

Cantor Jan Mahler

Marc J Margolius

Regina Silitch … in memory of Aidan Silitch

Todd Kipnis

Cantor Lisa Levine

Rosalie Will and David Billotti

Julie and Scott Stein

Batyah Ben-David

Congregation Emanu-El in the City of New York

Madelyn Katz

Charles and Nancy Fishman

Rabbi Michael Pincus

Daria and David Moore … in memory of Jonah Mac. In our hearts forever. Thank you for your incredible dedication and love.

Pietra, Alan and Ben Cohen … in honor of Sylvia and Arthur

Matt Grob

Martine and Bruce Klein

Justine Berkowicz

Murray and Jeanne Bodin

Robin and David Suarez

Harvey Feldman … in memory of Nathan and Marian Feldman

Faith Joy Dantowitz … in memory of Jonah Maccabee Dreskin

Ruth Rugoff, Joe and Annie Potischman … in memory of Jonah Dreskin

Bruce Ginsberg and Rebecca Dulit … in memory of Albert and Edith Ginsberg and Everett Dulit

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

Dr Daniel Lucas

Judy Mann

Myron Katz … in memory of Rina

Rabbi Peter Rubinstein … in honor of Billy and Ellen Dreskin

Molly Rodriguez … in honor of the Foundation’s 10th anniversary

Shari and Jonathan Turell

Jeanne and Murray Bodin

Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe

Cam and Julia Shriver

Allison Pincus and Matt Scult

Tom and Susan Schaeffer

Corey Friedlander

 

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Thank you for donating to our Ukrainian Relief Fund

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Please note: This list only reflects donations to our Ukrainian Relief Fund as part of our 10th Anniversary Event. All others are acknowledged elsewhere. Thanks for understanding.

Wendy Deuring

Carol Scharff

Beth Sperber Richie

Ellen and Billy Dreskin

Ilene Berger

Corey Friedlander

Michael Mellen

Nicole Roos

Mark Kaufman

Phyllis Opochinsky

Rabbi Eddie Schecter

Carol Scharf

Sally Winter

Sarah Stein

Matt Grob

Carol Scharff

Richard Stoerger

Jeanne and Murray Bodin

Don Jones

Ilene Berger

Beth Sperber Richie

Tracy Friend

Judy Adams

Madeline Hendricks

Eve Rudin Kleinman

Rene Katersky

Malcolm and Ali Weisman McDowell

Liza Pincus

Margot Serwer

Beth Sher

Lisa Stone

Mark and Mara Young

Jeff Kagan

Geri Pell

Roberta Roos

 

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Honoring Evan Friedman

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Evan Friedman, ULC MinisterThe NY Alliance — an organization of New York City business owners, c-level executives, firm partners, and senior level decision makers who are committed to fellow leaders’ growth, success, and happiness — announced that Evan Friedman (a longtime friend and partner to the Dreskin family) has been named recipient of the Roy Hoffman Pay It Forward Award, named in memory of Roy Hoffman as a reflection of Roy’s giving nature and commitment to the Alliance.

Roy was a believer in “paying it forward,” the idea being that you can’t always pay back, so instead you pay it forward; you help someone else. This was how Roy networked, paying it forward, helping others as a means of paying back those who helped him.

In recognition of Evan’s receiving the alliance’s most prestigious award, a cash prize has been donated to Evan’s charity of choice: The Jonah Maccabee Foundation.

First and foremost, congratulations to Evan on receiving this wonderful honor. Second, how honored WE are to call Evan our friend. And third, woo hoo! We’re going to do some wonderful work out there with this gift. Thank you, Evan, for loving us, for remembering Jonah, and for paying it forward through the foundation that bears his name.

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Thank you … to those who, in 2022, have provided funds so we can make a difference in people’s lives

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Mickey Milbauer … in memory of Richard Milbauer

The NY Alliance … in honor of Evan Friedman, recipient of the Roy Hoffman Pay It Forward Award

David Lewis … in honor of Evan Friedman for his ongoing support

Melissa Wishner … thank you for the music!

Todd Gordon and Susan Feder

Virginia and Michael Fineberg

Corey Friedlander

Geri Pell

Madelyn Katz

Jamie Cohn and Jimmy Dreskin and family … in memory of Molly Meltzer

Karen Steele

Rabbi Jonathan and Susan Stein

Ellen Brodsky Gaber … in memory of Jonah Dreskin and in honor of Billy Dreskin’s retirement

Roberta Roos … in memory of Lloyd Roos

Molly Rodriguez

Tom Schaeffer

Phyllis Opochinsky

Marilyn and Jeff Bilsky

ARJE … in honor of Cantor Ellen Dreskin

Maurice Salth

Bonnie Friedman

The Pomers … in honor of the AMAZING Ellen Dreskin

Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Irv and Angela Adler … in memory of Feige Adler

Fran and Frank Feigert … in honor of Victoria Feigert

Roland, Tina, and Daniel Roth … in honor of Ellen and your incredible family

Anonymous

Barb and Jerry Wishner family

John H. Planer

Faye and Evan Friedman … in honor of Miriam Benjamin

Ira and Julia Levin

Nicole Roos … in honor of Billy and Ellen Dreskin, for their immense kindness and for being the very special people that they are

Ilana Matteson

 

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Thanks to all who have contributed to our “Hope Smiles” 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 “Hope Smiles” 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 and Boonshofts

 


Lloyd and Roberta Roos

John H. Planer

Carol and Matthew Scharff … in honor of Ellen and Billy and in memory of Jonah

Ilene Berger

​Jamie and Joey Carroll … in memory of Jonah Dreskin

Louis and Kathy Bordman

Mary Ann and Gary Shamis

Dan Nichols

Roberta Grossman

Jeremy Michael Wolfe … in honor of Ellen Dreskin

Paul Flexner

Cantor Danielle Rodnizki

Rabbi Hillel Cohn

Susan and David Berger

Susan and Steven Schwartz

Ari and Oren Hoffman

Marc Margolius

Al ‘n Sara Dreskin

Rabbi Larry Milder

Molly Rodriguez … in memory of Robert D. Rodriguez, our son who died in 1994

Helen Meltzer-Krim

Cohn-Dreskin Family

The Leon Family

Louise and Craig Taubman … in memory of Jonah

Kathy Tuchman Glass … in memory of my beloved mom, Charlene

Rabbi Zachary Plesent and Jenna Mark

Emily Selinger … in memory of Jonah

Bari Ziegel

Adam Farber

Matt Murnane

Anonymous

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

Jane Emmer

Nurse Laura

Tracey Scher … in memory of Jonah (I didn’t know Jonah but I love his parents and his siblings)

Jeanne and Murray Bodin

Sarah Stein

Sally Winter

Julie and Scott Stein

Nicole Roos

Jay and Jeanne Weiland

Robbie Harris

Janet S. Elam

Nir Topper

Carol Ochs

Michael A Swit … in memory of Larry Cooper

Cantor Jill Abramson

Lisa Stone and Scott Cantor

Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman and family … in loving memory of Susan Sirkman

Jessica and Chuck Myers

Beth Sher … in honor of Robbie and Jamie (because l’dor vador)

Vivian and David Singer

Edwards Dowdle Funeral Home … in honor of Christopher Casario

Rabbi Larry Hoffman … in loving memory of Gayle Hoover

Lois and Bernie Bacharach

Danny Siegel

Jay and Lois Izes

Neil and Denise Weinstein

Stacey Silverman … in memory of Harold Silverman

Shari and Jonathan Turell

Cantor Julie Yugend-Green

Bonnie Denmark Friedman

Josh Perlstein

So Is Life

Wendy Grinberg

Merri Rosenberg

Rabbi Aaron M. and Janese Petuchowski

Renni Altman … in honor of Daniel Wender, a belated Hanukkah donation

Rabbi Maya Glasser … in memory of Jacob Zvi Bayer

Pietra, Alan, and Ben Greenberg … in memory of Sylvia and Arthur Greenberg

Kyla Schneider … in honor of the Dreskin family

Elliott and Phyllis Rosen

The Dreskins from Albuquerque

Norman E Friedman

Ellen G. Kreiger Rubin … in honor of Billy Dreskin

Eileen and Peter Reiter

Rabbi Marc Rosenstein

Naomi and Richard Binenfeld

Barry and Joanne Citrin

Rabbi Jonah Pesner and Dana Gershon

Rabbi David Saperstein

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

Rabbi Susie Moskowitz

Cantor Julie Newman

In memory of Aidan Silitch

Cantor Lisa Levine

Karen Steele

Michael Mellen

Madelyn Katz

Jeffrey Nakrin

Rabbi Lester Bronstein and Cantor Benjie Schiller

Rose Snitz

Dan and Kelly Kaskawits … in memory of Tammy Kaskawits

Rabbi Craig Axler

Herb Friedman … in memory of Elaine

Liz Kanter Grosskind

Don Jones

Margo and Charles Wolfson

Mrs. Marilyn Bilsky

Sharon Rich

Steven Turell

Patti Linsky

Jordy and Beth Sperber Richie

Rabbi Joan and Andy Farber

Judith and Bernard Kimberg … in honor of Ellen and Billy

Harry Heiman and Abby Friedman

Margot Serwer

Ramie and Merri Arian

Rabbi David Komerofsky

Rob Weinberg and Joy Wasserman

Richard and Marsha Cohn

Ilene Berger

Jane Emmer … in honor of Billy Dreskin

Rabbi Susan Marks

Anonymous … in honor of Dan Kaskawits

Father Robert Godley

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik

David and Mattie Paul … in memory of Susan Sirkman

Harvey Feldman … in memory of Marian and Nathan Feldman

Sue, Michel and Gabriel Bensadon … in memory of Betty and Herb Kaplan

Melissa Kaye-Swift

Eileen Reiter

Peter and Sandy Rosenthal

Steve Klaper

Dale Glasser

Daniel Pliskin

Patti and Robert Mittelman

Jody and Michael Weinberg

Rabbi Debra Robbins

Rabbi Larry and Rhonda Karol

Corey Friedlander

Tom and Susan Schaeffer

Steve and Terri Levin

Marian Milbauer

Rabbi Jennifer Jaech

Anonymous … in honor of the Dreskin family

Addie and Rick Lupert

Cantor Riki Lippitz … in honor of Ellen and Billy Dreskin

Cantor Danielle Rodnizki

Andy Katz and Susannah Sagan …  in honor of your work in Jonah’s memory, with additional tribute to Billy for teaching Andy how to play Riders on the Storm

Sue Shankman and Michael Namath

Ann Sterman

Steve D

Sarah Reines and Rich Bornstein

Gloria and Barry Meisel … in memory of Jonah Dreskin

Rabbi and Mrs Norman Cohen … in honor of Rabbi Billy Dreskin

Andy and Susan Sterling

Glynis Conyer

Harriet Levine … in memory of Len

Cantor Stephen and Marjorie Richards

Carol and Matthew Scharff

Wendy Jennis and Doug Mishkin

Steve and Donna Sorrow

 

BillyThanks to all who have contributed to our “Hope Smiles” Campaign
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Not An Ask … Just A Thank You

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You really came through for us. Well, not just for us. You came through for all of the organizations to which we will forward grants in the coming months. Because of you, and WITH you, we will bring help to hundreds, perhaps thousands, as America emerges from the pandemic year.

Thank you. Our “Silver Linings” campaign has been a great success. What a privilege to join with you in bringing a little more goodness into the world. What a humbling honor to have you help us remember our Jonah, and to transform our loss into blessing.

We hope you found our “Silver Learnings” readings worthwhile. Here are links to all of our guest writers: Molly RodriguezJoe Casario, Evangelo ManiotisMarta Kauffman, Keron SiririJill Abusch, The Levins, Drs. Chuck and Nancy Fishman, Paul FeinerJuliet Wishner and Laurel Dreskin. We’re so thankful for their contributions.

As we write each time, we will always miss Jonah. But we’re grateful to have had him in our lives and, to this day, he inspires us to do good in his name. The Jonah Maccabee Foundation is privileged to honor his life by “turning love into action.”

Thank you for supporting our work.

Very sincerely,
Ellen, Billy, Aiden, Katie and Mark
The Jonah Maccabee Foundation
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Thanks to all who have contributed to our “Silver Learnings” 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 “Silver Learnings” 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 and Boonshofts

 


Ira Lichtiger

Louis and Kathy Bordman … in honor of the Dreskin family

The Finebergs

Sally Winter … in honor of Rabbi Billy

Jan and Lanie Katzew

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Thank you … to those who, in 2021, have provided funds so we can make a difference in people’s lives

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Joe Casario … in honor of Christopher Casario

Rachel P. Kort … in honor of Ellen Dreskin for the light she brings to our world AND Beth Or community

Anonymous … in memory of Jonah

Batya Ben-David

Danny Siegel

Rabbi Jonathan and Susan Stein

Karen Steele … happy birthday, Billy!

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Thanks to all who have contributed to our “Beat the Virus!” 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 “Beat the Virus!” 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 and Boonshofts

 


Jill, Steven, Aviva and Ilana Abusch … in memory of our Jonah, because we miss him everyday

Rabbi Beth Davidson

Martine Klein and family

Rabbi Mike Mellen

Rabbi Jan and Cantor Lanie Katzew

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