News

June 2024

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JCCSF invites prominent Black Jews to lead its first Juneteenth event

On Tuesday, June 18, JCCSF will host its first Juneteenth event, hosted by three prominent Black Jewish leaders: Ilana Kaufman, CEO of the Berkeley-based Jews of Color Initiative; Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, a Yiddish vocalist and composer; and award-winning writer and chef Michael Twitty.

May 2024

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Local initiative bets the Jewish future on better preschools

Earlier this year, Koret partnered with Rosov Consulting and EarlyJ to research the Jewish early childhood education landscape in the Bay Area. Our findings led EarlyJ to expand a pilot program providing funding for Bay Area Jewish preschools to offer increased financial aid, attract and retain teachers, and increase security following the October 7 attacks. One school, the Gan Preschool in San Rafael, used funding to support three new Israeli families.

May 2024

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Archaeologists from University of Haifa and UCSD excavate submerged prehistoric site

A team of marine archaeologists from the University of California, San Diego and the University of Haifa (UH)—a collaboration supported by the Koret Foundation—have been at work excavating a submerged prehistoric site that currently lies below the Mediterranean Sea off the Carmel Coast of Israel.

April 2024

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Celebrating Passover across the Bay Area

Chag Pesach sameach! Across the Bay Area, local congregations and community organizations will host Passover Seders and holiday gatherings. Read more to find a celebration near you.

April 2024

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American Judaism’s ‘golden age’ isn’t over yet, says Shalom Hartman’s Yehuda Kurtzer at UC Berkeley

Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute, recently spoke at the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley to discuss American Judaism and the transition point that American Jews currently find themselves in.

March 2024

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IsraAID: Meeting the needs in Israel requires all of our humanitarian experience

After the devastating attacks on Oct. 7, IsraAID used their humanitarian, technical, and mental health expertise to launch a large-scale response at home. In an op-ed for EJP, IsraAID CEO Yotam Polizer reflects on the unique challenges in Israel, and what it takes to rebuild resilience.

March 2024

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JCCSF unites diverse communities at Soul Vey event

JCCSF recently hosted “Soul Vey,” an event celebrating Judaism, Black History Month, and Women’s History Month. The event brought Black and Jewish communities together to break bread over a culturally diverse Shabbat meal.

March 2024

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USC Shoah Foundation gives National Library of Israel full access to Holocaust testimony

USC Shoah Foundation and the National Library of Israel signed an agreement to make Shoah’s full collection of survivor testimonies from the Holocaust and the October 7 attacks publicly available to all Israelis.

February 2024

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ANU Museum offers ‘snapshot’ of how Israeli art responded to Oct. 7

ANU Museum of the Jewish People recently opened a full, temporary exhibition entitled “October Seventh” featuring dozens of works by Israeli artists responding and related to the Hamas massacres and the ongoing war.

February 2024

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CA Department of Education brings survivor testimony to Bay Area schools

The California Department of Education recently launched an oral history speaker series to bring Holocaust testimony to public school districts across the state. With support from the JFCS, the series aims to give students a deeper understanding of the Holocaust by allowing them to hear directly from survivors and their family members.

chinese lunar new year

February 2024

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Lunar New Year 2024: Celebrate the Year of the Dragon in the Bay Area

Celebrate the Lunar New Year by attending one of many cultural events in the Bay Area at Koret-supported organizations like museums, educational centers, and other cultural institutions.

January 2024

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Jewish and multifaith MLK Day events around the Bay Area

MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer in their communities, and the Bay Area Jewish community is hosting a number of events to honor his legacy through faith, social justice and service.