News

November 2022

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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, […]

November 2022

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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 […]

October 2022

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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 […]

October 2022

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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 […]

September 2022

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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 […]

July 2022

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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 […]

March 2022

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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 […]

December 2021

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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 […]

October 2021

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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 […]

August 2021

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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 […]