Grantee News

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 opera-immersion 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.

October 2017

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Warsaw, Poland

POLIN welcomes its millionth visitor

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews welcomed its 1,000,000th visitor to the core exhibition—an extraordinary milestone, considering that the exhibition opened only three years ago. Attendance at the museum’s temporary exhibitions, performances, workshops, and lectures brings the total number of visitors to almost 2.5 million. (Photo courtesy of Magdalena Starowieyska)

October 2017

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Berkeley, California

Urban Adamah breaks ground on the Koret Community Kitchen

October 2017

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Warsaw, Poland

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews publishes the first Polish-language edition of Rwyka’s Diary

The diary, written in Polish in the Lodz ghetto during World War II, describes the hardships and hopes of 14-year-old Rwyka Lipszyc. Discovered in the ruins of the crematoria at Auschwitz in 1945, the diary found its way to San Francisco in 2008, and has since been published in 15 languages.

September 2017

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Tel Aviv, Israel

Onward Israel brings 49 Bay Area students to Israel for summer internships

Danit Ben Moshe, a student at San Jose State University, summed up her experience, “I made a lifetime of memories, friendships, network connections, and skills that I will also hold near and dear to my heart. Thank you, Onward Israel.”

September 2017

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San Francisco

Israeli students from Shalem College visit the Bay Area

For the second year, a cohort of students from Shalem College in Jerusalem had the opportunity to meet with other students, academics, and Jewish community members. Their discussions explored American Jewish thought and values, as well as the local community’s challenges and successes.