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iCivics: Educating the next generation to participate in American democracy
Oct 2022 | K-12 Education

iCivics: Educating the next generation to participate in American democracy

Louise Dubé, Executive Director of iCivics Civic knowledge, understanding, and discourse across the US are in crisis. Explanations and accusations abound about the origins of the problem, but there is consensus on one essential point: Generations of students have not received the education in history and civics needed to prepare them for informed and engaged […]

Honeymoon Israel: 20 couples, 1 incredible trip, a million memories
Sep 2022 | U.S.-Israel Bridge Building

Honeymoon Israel: 20 couples, 1 incredible trip, a million memories

Honeymoon Israel (HMI) is more than just a romantic trip to Israel. The organization’s tagline —it’s about the journey—hints at the “more.” Honeymoon Israel is indeed for couples, but they aren’t necessarily newlyweds. Participating couples may be engaged, or in a committed relationship, or in their first five years of marriage. A group of 20 […]

JUMA: It starts with a job
Jul 2022 | K-12 Education

JUMA: It starts with a job

Juma—the word for “work” in many African dialects—is a nonprofit social enterprise whose purpose is to employ young people who might otherwise have a hard time landing their first job. Juma’s motto is “It starts with a job.” Juma Youth have dealt with personal challenges. Many of them have experienced homelessness or housing instability, or […]

The Z3 Project returns in-person for its 2022 conference
Nov 2022 | U.S.-Israel Bridge Building

The Z3 Project returns in-person for its 2022 conference

Imagining a new Zionism for the 21st century The Z3 Project is an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, CA. Promoting a stronger relationship between Diaspora Jewry and Israel, the Z3 project is dedicated to modeling how Zionism can evolve, and how Jewish communities can come together for meaningful discussions about the […]

Veterans helping veterans: University of San Francisco’s graduate nursing scholarships
Nov 2022 | Higher Education

Veterans helping veterans: University of San Francisco’s graduate nursing scholarships

Over the past several years, the University of San Francisco (USF) has significantly expanded its services and programs related to veterans. This includes support both for students who are veterans and for students who intend to serve the veteran community. The results of USF’s outreach are impressive: The number of veterans enrolled has almost doubled, […]

Meet the Horticulturists: Jason and Pat
Oct 2022 | Special Projects

Meet the Horticulturists: Jason and Pat

Get to know the garden experts that make our parks beautiful Jason Martinez and Pat Quinn are gardeners and horticulturists for the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department. They met when they were both working at the SF Botanical Garden, and have each been with Rec & Parks for over 20 years. We asked them […]

The Saga of Rywka’s Diary: Giving voice to an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances
Dec 2021 | 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 exhibition is now traveling […]

Stanford Live: Collaborating and building community in the performing arts
Oct 2021 | Arts and Culture

Stanford Live: Collaborating and building community in the performing arts

Supporting arts organizations and cultural institutions has always been part of the Koret Foundation’s commitment to strengthening the Bay Area community. The pandemic put a hard stop to live performances for over a year, but also inspired innovation and collaboration. We recently caught up with Chris Lorway, executive director of Stanford Live, a longtime Koret […]

Blending Holocaust testimony with music and technology
Mar 2022 | Jewish Peoplehood

Blending Holocaust testimony with music and technology

“The Children of Willesden Lane” is a true story. It begins in Vienna in 1938, when it quickly becomes dangerous to be Jewish. The heroine of the story is a young girl named Lisa Jura, who dreams of becoming a concert pianist. Her family is Jewish, and her parents are able to secure her a […]

Koret Scholars: Persisting in college through a pandemic
Aug 2021 | Higher Education

Koret Scholars: Persisting in college through a pandemic

Supporting institutions of higher learning has been a priority of the Koret Foundation since our founding. The Koret Scholars program, established in 2016, provides needs-based scholarships and other support to college students across the Bay Area who face the most barriers to college completion: low-income students, underrepresented minority students, and those who are the first […]

Improving outcomes for children with leukemia
Jun 2021 | U.S.-Israel Bridge Building

Improving outcomes for children with leukemia

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University are pooling their expertise and resources to develop targeted, personalized treatments for children with leukemia. The disease is usually successfully treated with chemotherapy, but about 20 percent of patients subsequently relapse. Many of these children do not survive. Some […]

Harnessing the potential of bioinformatics
Jun 2021 | U.S.-Israel Bridge Building

Harnessing the potential of bioinformatics

Bioinformatics involves developing algorithms and computer software to record and analyze biological data. This young field holds enormous potential for introducing an era of personalized medicine to treat diseases from cancer and diabetes to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. To advance this goal, Tel Aviv University (TAU) and UC Berkeley (UCB) are conducting collaborative research to develop […]

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