Grantee News

April 2018

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Israel

Happy 70th birthday, Israel

Israel celebrates 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 is 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.

March 2018

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Berkeley

UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Tel Aviv University formalize research partnerships on medical and information technology

Official agreements were signed to launch partnerships between Tel Aviv University and Stanford and UC Berkeley, supported by a $10 million grant from Koret. Here, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ and Tel Aviv University President Joseph Klafter join Koret Foundation President Anita Friedman to sign an official MOU to support international collaboration on research for Bioinfomatics and Computational Biology. (Photo by Keegan Houser)

March 2018

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San Francisco

KIPP Bay Area Schools approved to open new elementary and high school

The California State Board of Education has approved two new charter petitions for KIPP Bay Area Schools. The two schools will open for the 2018-19 academic year: KIPP Bayview Elementary School, KIPP’s first elementary school in San Francisco, and KIPP Navigate College Prep, KIPP’s second high school in San Jose.

February 2018

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San Francisco

Asian Art Museum unveils a new vision for its cafe

The New York Times covers the story and the team behind Sunday at the Museum, the new dining experience at the Asian Art Museum: Bin Chen and Andrew Chau of Boba Guys; chef Deuki Hong.

February 2018

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Krakow, Poland

In Poland, a grass-roots Jewish revival endures

Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center in Krakow, a Koret grantee, highlights the importance of continued support for the Polish Jewish community, especially after the Polish government’s recent bill criminalizing statements of any responsibility by the Polish nation for the Holocaust. Ornstein, an American-born Jew, is optimistic that the Jewish community in Poland will continue to thrive.

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

Beyond 12 addresses unique challenges of first-generation college students

Alex Bernadotte, founder of Beyond 12, discusses the challenges students face when they are the first in their family to attend college, and how her nonprofit uses technology to address them.