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IsraAID CEO Yotam Polizer wins Charles Bronfman Prize
Jan 2023 | U.S.-Israel Bridge Building

IsraAID CEO Yotam Polizer wins Charles Bronfman Prize

Yotam Polizer, the CEO of Israel’s leading humanitarian aid organization, IsraAID, has been named the 2023 recipient of the Charles Bronfman Prize. The annual award is presented to a humanitarian whose work, informed by Jewish values, has significantly impacted the world.

Construction is underway for Rodef Sholom’s new <i>Sacred Space</i>
Jan 2023 | Supporting Jewish Institutions

Construction is underway for Rodef Sholom’s new Sacred Space

Despite the recent heavy rains and flooding in the Bay Area, the Sacred Space now has first floor walls and second floor steel. Rodef Sholom anticipates a certificate of occupancy for December 2023.

Shalom Hartman Institute celebrates Bay Area Jewish peoplehood
Dec 2022 | Jewish Peoplehood, U.S.-Israel Bridge Building

Shalom Hartman Institute celebrates Bay Area Jewish peoplehood

The celebration highlighted Jewish thought and dialogue and featured an intimate conversation between Dr. Anita Friedman, President of the Koret Foundation and Executive Director of Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute.

JCRC releases groundbreaking survey of Bay Area Jewish identity
Dec 2022 | Jewish Peoplehood

JCRC releases groundbreaking survey of Bay Area Jewish identity

This week, the JCRC announced the results of the first-ever Survey of Bay Area Jewish Identity. JCRC will use the data to reframe public understanding of Jewish identity in the Bay Area, transforming its work moving forward by centering the diversity and complexity of the Bay Area Jewish community.

Israeli Philharmonic returns to Bay Area with young, energetic maestro Lahav Shani
Oct 2022 | Arts and Culture, U.S.-Israel Bridge Building

Israeli Philharmonic returns to Bay Area with young, energetic maestro Lahav Shani

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) will perform on Nov. 6 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and again the next evening at Bing Concert Hall on the Stanford University campus, after opening the tour with four performances in Southern California starting Nov. 2.

Ken Burns explores America’s inaction during the Holocaust
Sep 2022 | Jewish Peoplehood

Ken Burns explores America’s inaction during the Holocaust

“The U.S. and the Holocaust,” coming to PBS September 18, examines the reasons behind the country’s inadequate response to Germany’s persecution of Jews.

SF Opera’s <i>Antony and Cleopatra</i> launches Centennial season
Aug 2022 | Arts and Culture

SF Opera’s Antony and Cleopatra launches Centennial season

At San Francisco Opera, rehearsals are now underway for the world premiere of Antony and Cleopatra, the latest drama from preeminent American composer John Adams. Opening September 10, the opera tells the story of a romance that would topple the world order—splintering alliances and sparking war on the Mediterranean.

Koret President Dr. Anita Friedman honored with Light Unto the Nations Award
Oct 2022 | Jewish Peoplehood

Koret President Dr. Anita Friedman honored with Light Unto the Nations Award

Koret President and Jewish Family and Children’s Services executive director Dr. Anita Friedman was presented with the Light Unto the Nations Award at AJC’s 2022 Global Advocacy Gala. The award is AJC’s highest honor bestowed on world leaders who exhibit leadership, courage, and principle.

Presidio Tunnel Tops is now open to the public!
Jul 2022 | Arts and Culture

Presidio Tunnel Tops is now open to the public!

The 20-year transformation of the Presidio’s waterfront adds 14 acres to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, building a national park space over concrete tunnels connecting San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge. Presidio Tunnel Tops features walking trails, art installations, picnic areas, and the mobile food program Presidio Pop Up.

IsraAID partners with Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska to provide trauma care
Jul 2022 | Special Projects, U.S.-Israel Bridge Building

IsraAID partners with Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska to provide trauma care

In partnership with Zelenska’s national mental health initiative, IsraAid is sending teams of Israeli trauma specialists to Ukraine for several weeks at a time. Read the full story on eJewish Philanthropy.

KQED’s Media Literacy Educator Certification wins NAMLE award
Jul 2022 | Arts and Culture

KQED’s Media Literacy Educator Certification wins NAMLE award

The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) has selected KQED’s PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification for the 2022 Media Literate Media Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to media literacy made by media professionals with national reach.

Honeymoon Israel resumes trips after two years of pandemic delays
Jul 2022 | Jewish Peoplehood, U.S.-Israel Bridge Building

Honeymoon Israel resumes trips after two years of pandemic delays

Two Bay Area cohorts went on trips in May, with more couples going later this summer. “As an interfaith couple, this trip was important to us to learn more about what it means to be Jewish and what traditions we want to carry forward or establish with our future family,” said Tara and Alexander, a Bay Area couple who recently returned from their trip.

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