Grantee News

February 2018

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San Jose

Goals for Kids hits the $1 Million milestone

Over the last four seasons, every goal scored by the San Jose Sharks hockey team has earned $1,000 for local non-profits dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in need in the Bay Area. Koret partnered with the Sharks Foundation, Taube Philanthropies and other local funders to support the program.

February 2018

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Stanford

Stanford’s Knight-Hennessy Scholars program announces first cohort

A total of 49 students from around the globe were selected as Knight-Hennessy Scholars. The program brings together future leaders pursuing master degrees in 28 different departments. Koret’s grant to this program will support Israeli scholars or scholars studying Israel-related topics. (photo courtesy of L. A. Cicero)

January 2018

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San Francisco

Koret Children’s Playground scheduled for repair

The iconic playground, which was badly damaged last year by vandalism, has officially secured the funds to schedule a full repair beginning in February.

December 2017

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San Francisco

Koret launches Arts and Culture Initiative

Koret announced a new $10M Arts and Culture Initiative, aimed to expand access to arts education, engage new audiences, and build organizational capacity of the Bay Area’s vibrant cultural institutions.

December 2017

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Tel Aviv, Israel

Bay Area Birthright participants visit Israel

This winter, 670 participants from the Bay Area joined Birthright Israel for a multisensory Israel experience, immersing themselves in Jewish and Israel history, culture, and daily life.

October 2017

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San Francisco

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra comes to San Francisco

The Israel Philharmonic presented a special concert and gala celebration at Davies Symphony Hall, honoring longtime conductor Zubin Mehta at his final performance before retirement.

October 2017

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San Francisco

San Francisco Opera launches the Opera ARIA Music Performance Residency Program

This innovative program connects performing arts students from SF public schools with professional musicians and artists of San Francisco Opera. The middle and high school students experience side-by-side rehearsals, solo and ensemble coaching, mentoring, and school visits by the professionals. (Photo courtesy of Scott Wall)

October 2017

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Sonoma County, California

IsraAID and local volunteers help with trauma counseling after the fires

In Santa Rosa, the Jewish community came together to support one another after wildfires devastated the area. Koret support for IsraAID’s Emergency Relief Fund enables immediate on-the-ground response in relief efforts such as these.

October 2017

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Sonoma County, California

Jewish Family and Children’s Services provides critical support for victims of the North Bay wildfires

Through its Disaster Assistance Fund, JFCS offered short-term humanitarian assistance—food, clothing, and housing—as well as longer-term support to help fire victims recover and rebuild their lives. JFCS also provided counseling, workshops, and a holiday gift drive for those impacted by the fires. Koret contributed $75,000 to the emergency fund.