Foundation News

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.

April 2020

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San Francisco

San Francisco YMCA offers free pop-up camps for children of essential workers

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Francisco YMCA has opened four free pop-up camps that serve 100 children of essential workers with jobs in hospitals, grocery stores, and the police.

April 2020

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San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area arts leaders consider next steps after a long shutdown

Gov. Gavin Newsom has suggested that live performing arts and other cultural events were unlikely to return in full force for several months, presenting a long-term threat for arts and entertainment organizations. Art leaders are rethinking the offerings they provide to patrons. According to San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock, “we are prepared to connect with our audiences in whatever creative ways we can – even if it’s all digital.”

April 2020

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San Francisco

UC Berkeley lab cranking out home-brewed hand sanitizer

With classes canceled and teaching labs empty, two Cal graduate students are using an idle biology lab to produce home-made hand sanitizer. Over the past four weeks, they have made 400 gallons of home brew to distribute to homeless shelters, senior centers, and nursing homes around the Bay Area.

April 2020

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San Francisco

Local film about a Holocaust diary earns a prestigious NEH grant

“Diary from the Ashes,” a documentary by local filmmaker Yoav Potash, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. A Koret supported project, the film focuses on the life of Rywka Lipszyc, a 14-year old Jewish Polish girl whose diary was discovered at Auschwitz.

April 2020

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San Francisco

Jewish Family & Children’s Services addresses community needs since 1850

As first responders to the COVID-19 outbreak, Jewish Family & Children’s Services continues to serve the community through urgent home health care, counseling, meal and grocery delivery, no-interest loans and grants for individuals, families, and small businesses, and calls to isolated community members. Requests for help are now at unprecedented levels.