Yeshiva University a cappella group the Maccabeats have partnered with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation this Hanukkah to start the Judy Greenberg Memorial Miracle Match Campaign. Their goal is to raise $80,000 by the end of Hanukkah, $10,000 for each night, to process the already collected swabs for matches in the bone marrow database. $31,711 has been raised at the time of this writing.
Each donation will go towards processing swabs and entering the matches into the bone marrow database. The Maccabeats have provided incentives for the mitzvah, including rewards for specific donation amounts. Eighteen dollars earns a free MP3 download of their most Hanukkah song, a cover of Matisyahu’s “Miracle.” Other rewards include tee shirts and a walk on role in the next Maccabeats video. All donors are entered to win grand prizes, such as autographed paraphernalia from the “Big Bang Theory” or a backstage pass to a Maccabeats concert.
Mayim Bialik, a friend to the Gift of Life who appears in the Maccabeats’ “Miracle” music video, told The Jewish Insights, “As far as I am concerned, the Maccabeats are this season’s miracle-makers!”
Go to this website to make a donation this Hanukkah.
J-Connection: The Maccabeats are a Jewish a cappella group from Yeshiva University in New York City. “The Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik is a Jew with a bachelor’s degree in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and a PhD in neuroscience.