News

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, […]

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 […]

June 2021

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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 […]

June 2021

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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 […]

June 2021

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Hunting for predictors of neurodegenerative diseases

Tel Aviv University (TAU) and Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Data Science are collaborating to identify biomarkers in the earliest stages of four neurodegenerative diseases that have thus far proven basically unstoppable: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, and Huntington’s. The prevalence of these devastating diseases continues to increase, and research to date seems to […]

June 2021

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Preparing for widespread trauma and emergencies

The Rambam Health Care Campus (Rambam), located in Haifa on the Mediterranean coast, is collaborating with Stanford University’s Department of Biomedical Data Science on a broad range of projects. These collaborations have rich potential for advances both in digital health and in big data analysis. Rambam brings first-hand experience through its Center for Trauma, Emergency […]

June 2021

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US-Israel Partnerships: Accelerating medical innovation

One way to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship is by developing new approaches—learning with and from each other—to solving some of the world’s toughest health challenges. San Francisco Bay Area universities are drawing on their traditions of distinguished scholarship to forge the cutting edge of data science and analysis. Israeli scientists have relatively quickly garnered international […]