Foundation News

June 2018

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San Jose

Congratulations to the Cristo Rey Class of 2018

Cristo Rey San Jose High School celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class of 2018 on June 9th. The school started out with just 120 students and is now approaching enrollment at 500 students. Its class of 2018 consisted of 110 students, one hundred percent of which will be starting college in the fall.

June 2018

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San Jose

Sharks Foundation Builds New Playground

The Sharks Foundation, in partnership with KaBOOM!, built a new Sharks-themed playground at the Morgan Autism Center in San Jose. With the help of more than 200 volunteers from the community and corporate partners, the entire playground was built in less than six hours on June 14th. The new playground will provide more than 400 children with a safe and accessible place to play.

June 2018

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New York

Congratulations to the Slingshot class of 2018

Slingshot released its 13th Slingshot Guide to Jewish Innovation on June 4th. The guide highlights some of the most ground-breaking organizations in Jewish life today, and celebrates organizations with an emphasis on upholding diversity and inclusivity in the Jewish community. Several Koret grantees were among the 50 organizations selected, including BimBam, HoneyMoon Israel, Moishe House, and Urban Adamah.

June 2018

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San Francisco

Moishe House releases 2017-18 evaluation report

Moishe House has published its latest evaluation that assesses the impact of its model, with an emphasis on examining the newer Moishe House Without Walls (MHWOW) program. The findings are promising: Moishe House remains a high-quality opportunity for Jewish young adults, even after doubling its reach. Involvement with Moishe House deepens connections to Jewish life and helps young adults become stronger leaders in the Jewish community.

May 2018

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Berkeley

Dr. Richard Atkinson awarded 2018 Clark Kerr Award

Koret Director Dr. Richard Atkinson was awarded the 2018 Clark Kerr Award, along with Dr. C. Judson King. The award is the UC Berkeley Academic Senate’s highest honor in recognition of service and achievement for distinguished educators and leaders of the University of California. Dr. Atkinson was chancellor of UC San Diego for 15 years and served as UC president for 1995-2003.

May 2018

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Warsaw, Poland

‘The Diary of Rywka Lipszyc’ awarded Historical Award

The story of a young girl’s experience in the Łódź Ghetto during the Holocaust has been awarded the Historical Award by POLITYKA, an influential magazine of national and international affairs. This award is the oldest in Poland for publications related to Poland’s recent history. The publication of the diary was supported by the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, a grant from Koret, and close involvement by Koret’s President, Dr. Anita Friedman, editor of the English version (Photo credit: Leszek Zych/Polityka).

May 2018

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San Francisco

San Francisco Conservatory of Music establishes new music education program

With support from Koret, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music will launch a new music education program in the fall of 2018 with the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, Congregation Emanu-El, and the San Francisco Interfaith Council. This after-school program offers children in need music classes in piano and chorus (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music).

April 2018

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San Francisco

San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound festival begins

From April 20 until May 6, SF Ballet’s UNBOUND: A Festival of New Works presents 12 world premieres by 12 of today’s most innovative international choreographers. Each new work showcases the diversity of choreographic voices that are shaping the future of ballet. SF Ballet is also breaking boundaries between the company and audiences through symposia, dance films, webcasts, and happy hours. (photo: Ana Sophia Scheller and Tiit Helimets © Erik Tomasson)

April 2018

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Israel

Happy 70th birthday, Israel

Israel celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut on April 18, marking 70 years since its declaration of independence in 1948. In just 70 years Israel has become a thriving Democracy in the Middle East, contributed to science and technology discoveries that have changed the world, and enriched global Jewish life. The Bay Area was host to several celebrations during the week, including the Jewish National Fund’s concert at Congregation Emanu-El.

April 2018

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Oakland

Hoops for Kids raises $450,000 for underserved youth

The Warriors Community Foundation, in partnership with Koret, Taube Philanthropies, and PG&E, raised nearly $450,000 for eight organizations via the Hoops for Kids program this season. Every three-pointer scored by the Warriors earned $500 for organizations working locally to improve opportunities and outcomes for youth.