Foundation News

September 2020

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San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area volunteers deliver food for Israeli relief agency

IsraAid– an Israeli international relief agency that provides aid during crises and natural disasters— is also addressing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. Working locally with Koret grantees Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, IsraAid is organizing volunteers from the Jewish community to assist in various ways from San Francisco down to San Jose.

August 2020

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San Francisco

SF Ballet premiers a new piece created in times of social distance

On August 13, San Francisco Ballet premiered “Dance of Dreams,” a new dance film by Benjamin Millepied. Shot in iconic San Francisco locations with company dancers, the film is set to “Scène D’Amour” from Hitchcock’s Vertigo, recorded and mixed remotely by more than 60 SF Ballet Orchestra musicians.

July 2020

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San Francisco

SF Symphony launches digital programming and one-on-one performances

As cultural programming adjusts during the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Francisco Symphony is launching “Currents,” a four-part series of online broadcasts exploring the relationships between classical music and other musical traditions, as well as “1:1 Concerts” featuring a single orchestra musician performing for a single listener outdoors at a suitable distance.

July 2020

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Global

IsraAID presents “How to Get Through COVID-19”

As people around the globe struggle to cope with COVID-19 lockdowns, humanitarian aid organization IsraAID offers tips on strengthening resilience and reducing stress, based on extensive experience with psycho-social support during crisis situations.

June 2020

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San Francisco Bay Area

How to Reopen: How one California summer camp is adjusting

As part of a series on how different organizations are shifting in light of COVID-19, Fortune interviewed Jamie Simon, Camp Tawonga’s Executive Director, in May. Simon shared Tawonga’s approach to reopening and plans for alternative programming.

June 2020

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San Francisco

Koret gives $50 million to Bay Area colleges and universities

Koret president, Dr. Michael Boskin, says support for higher education is vital. “Given this time of disruption and great uncertainty, we believe now is a critical time to invest in the next generation of talent, innovation and leadership.”

June 2020

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San Francisco

Koret’s Higher Education Initiative supports 12 Bay Area institutions

Distributed over five years, the grants will provide support for school leadership priorities, campus programs and initiatives, new models for learning, and campus technology and infrastructure.

April 2020

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Berkeley

Urban Adamah provides farm-fresh produce to those in need

Meeting critical community needs, Urban Adamah is now delivering fresh produce previously distributed through its weekly Farm Stand to several Berkeley congregations to help them meet the needs of their elderly members. It is also sharing its produce with local organizations like Consider the Homeless and the Ashby Community Garden for distribution.