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Swords to Plowshares: 50 years of vets helping vets
May 2024 | Special Projects

Swords to Plowshares: 50 years of vets helping vets

This year, Swords to Plowshares (Swords) celebrates 50 years of serving the Bay Area’s veterans. Swords provides comprehensive support for everything from VA benefits, housing, job retraining, and community. Koret spoke with two Swords ambassadors about the challenges of re-entering civilian life, and the successes of the organization’s approach to building trust and developing community.

Jewish Story Partners: Supporting Jewish filmmaking from many angles
Jan 2024 | Jewish Peoplehood

Jewish Story Partners: Supporting Jewish filmmaking from many angles

Jewish Story Partners (JSP) believes that films generate empathy, inviting Jews and non-Jews alike to see each other across perceived boundaries and gain insight into the human condition. JSP has funded 85 films in its first two years, selected from well over 700 applications. We spoke with Roberta Grossman, JSP’s co-executive director, about the diversity of films JSP funds and the range of additional support it offers filmmakers to maximize impact.

St. Anthony Foundation: Be our guest
Nov 2023 | Special Projects

St. Anthony Foundation: Be our guest

St. Anthony Foundation has been a pillar of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood for over 70 years, and provides a plethora of services in pursuit of their goal to serve as a gateway to stability. But the dining room is regarded as the heart of the organization. We spoke with CEO Nils Behnke about the organization’s deep-seeded values of dignity and respect, the importance of treating every individual they serve as a guest, and the role that food plays in building relationships.

United for the Jewish State: Koret grantees supporting Israel and Jews worldwide
Nov 2023 | U.S.-Israel Bridge Building

United for the Jewish State: Koret grantees supporting Israel and Jews worldwide

Koret stands with our grantees—both in the U.S. and abroad—who are showing up for Jews and Israel during this time of need. We are inspired by the courage and resilience of Israelis fighting for their country and, in turn, the Jewish Community. Learn more about how our grantees are helping.

Pan American Unity: Diego Rivera’s monumental mural at SFMOMA
Oct 2023 | Arts and Culture

Pan American Unity: Diego Rivera’s monumental mural at SFMOMA

“Pan American Unity,” Diego Rivera’s largest mural, is monumental both in size and in scope. How the 30-ton mural travelled seven miles from CCSF to SFMOMA is its own great saga. Read more about the universities, interns, docents, and custodio who brought this mural to the public.

College Track: Empowering students to shape bright futures
Jul 2023 | K-12 Education

College Track: Empowering students to shape bright futures

Koret previously showcased College Track’s work on the occasion of the organization’s twentieth anniversary. Five years later, College Track has expanded its scope and increased its advocacy in support of first-gen students in college. Read our interview with Chief of Education Dr. Rosanna Ferro, about what makes College Track’s approach so successful—and how its benefits extend beyond individual students.

Galicia Jewish Museum: Honoring Jewish life in Poland before and after the Holocaust
Jun 2023 | Jewish Peoplehood

Galicia Jewish Museum: Honoring Jewish life in Poland before and after the Holocaust

Many foreigners are surprised to learn that the executive director of the Galicia Jewish Museum (GJM) in Kraków is not Jewish. To Poles, however, this is not unusual. We recently interviewed ED Jakub Nowakowski about Jewish culture in Poland today, GJM’s newest traveling exhibition, and the museum’s mission.

Israel at 75: The Wonder of a Jewish State
Jun 2023 | U.S.-Israel Bridge Building

Israel at 75: The Wonder of a Jewish State

The country’s 75th birthday was cause for celebration both in Israel and the U.S.—home, half a globe apart, to the world’s two largest Jewish communities. We asked several Jewish thought leaders in both countries to reflect on Israel today and their hopes for the next 75 years. Their responses, excerpted for our story, also gave us ideas as to how the Koret Foundation can expand connections between our two countries and contribute to upholding Israel as a safe homeland for the Jewish People.

The Saga of Rywka’s Diary: Giving voice to an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances
Jun 2023 | Jewish Peoplehood

The Saga of Rywka’s Diary: Giving voice to an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances

Ensuring the continuity of Jewish peoplehood has always been one of the Koret Foundation’s priorities. Central to our commitment is preserving and honoring the history of Jewish communities. We first wrote in 2017 about the discovery and publication of Rywka Lipszyc’s diary and the museum exhibition it inspired in Kraków. The Girl in the Diary: […]

The Tech Interactive: A museum on a mission
May 2023 | K-12 Education

The Tech Interactive: A museum on a mission

The Tech’s mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone. In the 25 years since its founding, the museum has become a hub, a hive, a lab, a launchpad for big dreams and impressive accomplishments. Read how President and CEO Katrina Stevens plans to further expand and deepen The Tech’s impact. Its reach is already global, and the sky is literally the limit.

Hillel at 100: Meeting students at different points along their Jewish journeys
Mar 2023 | Jewish Peoplehood

Hillel at 100: Meeting students at different points along their Jewish journeys

There are, as we like to say, many ways to be Jewish, do Jewish, and feel Jewish. Hillel has provided diverse Jewish experiences to college students around the world since 1923, and much has happened in that century. Enjoy these glimpses of programming and priorities at five Hillels around the Bay Area.

SF Opera: Welcoming new stories, new voices, and new audiences
Mar 2023 | Arts and Culture

SF Opera: Welcoming new stories, new voices, and new audiences

As the SF Opera embarks on its second century, the company has co-commissioned three resonant new works. Read our interview with General Director Matthew Shilvock about the art and soul of engaging audiences.

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