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An advantage of working at the intersection of research, implementation, and iteration is that we are able to reflect on the ever-changing ecosystem. It is a privilege to leverage the Foundation’s resources to promote ideas, bring people together, and serve as a catalyst for creating vibrant communities. 

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Exploring the Jewish ECE ecosystem in the San Francisco Bay Area: Download the full report
Jan 2024 | Thoughts & Opinions

Exploring the Jewish ECE ecosystem in the San Francisco Bay Area: Download the full report

Koret, in partnership with EarlyJ and Rosov Consulting, conducted a study to assess the state-of-play for Jewish ECE in our region. We have chosen to provide open access to the research in hopes that it will help practitioners, locally and beyond, make better informed grants toward expanding access to and increasing the quality of Jewish ECE programs.

Koret Winter Update: Leaning on Community
Dec 2023 | Quarterly Update

Koret Winter Update: Leaning on Community

Kehilla, Hebrew for community, is at the heart of our work. Our grantmaking has always focused on supporting and strengthening the Jewish community, at home and in Israel. In the wake of the attacks on October 7—and during the holiday season—we encourage everyone to connect with and lean on their community, and Koret could not be prouder of our kehilla.

Honoring Bob Friend
Oct 2023 | Foundation News

Honoring Bob Friend

The Koret Foundation is saddened by the passing of Robert Friend, former board member to the foundation and dedicated patron to our community. May his memory be a blessing.

Koret Fall Update: Back to School
Sep 2023 | Quarterly Update

Koret Fall Update: Back to School

As a new school year begins, Koret is inspired by the work of our education and civics grantees, whose passion and drive for change push them to continually discover new opportunities for growth and better serve the next generation.

Using data to guide strategic grantmaking in Jewish early childhood education
Aug 2023 | Thoughts & Opinions

Using data to guide strategic grantmaking in Jewish early childhood education

“Understanding the needs of young families, educators, and other factors in the marketplace is critical to making strategic future investments that will help our communities thrive across generations.” Co-authored by Koret’s Danielle Foreman for eJewish Philanthropy, this op-ed uses data-driven findings to better serve the Jewish early childhood education marketplace.

Koret Summer Update: Celebrating 75 Years of Israel
Jun 2023 | Quarterly Update

Koret Summer Update: Celebrating 75 Years of Israel

Seventy-five years ago this past month, the modern state of Israel was born. In the decades that followed, the resilience and ingenuity of the Israeli people has inspired. Since the foundation’s inception, Koret has supported Israel in a variety of ways. Today, Koret’s efforts are focused on strengthening the bonds of the Jewish people and supporting the U.S. – Israel relationship.

Koret Foundation Grants $6M to Bay Area Arts and Culture Efforts
May 2023 | Press Release

Koret Foundation Grants $6M to Bay Area Arts and Culture Efforts

Grants over three-year period to expand arts education and engagement, restore Bay Area’s cultural backbone

Koret Spring Update: Celebrating Bay Area Arts and Culture
Mar 2023 | Quarterly Update

Koret Spring Update: Celebrating Bay Area Arts and Culture

Koret has announced $6M in new grants to support local arts and cultural organizations over the next three years. More than 40 such institutions will benefit from Koret’s investment in the next generation of artists, audiences, and patrons.

To sustain our JCCs for years to come, vote with your feet
Dec 2022 | Thoughts & Opinions

To sustain our JCCs for years to come, vote with your feet

“The institutions we depend on to connect Jewishly are now depending on us to show up and rekindle those feelings and experiences of community that were lost.” In this op-ed originally published in the J, Weekly, Koret’s Rachel Schonwetter shares why it’s time to show up for our local JCCs, and what we can do.

Nervous about election results? You should be. Americans hardly know anything about civics
Dec 2022 | Thoughts & Opinions

Nervous about election results? You should be. Americans hardly know anything about civics

“If children don’t have civic opportunities where they live and we aren’t teaching them the fundamentals of democracy, then how can we expect them to protect it as adults?” Koret’s Ashley Rodwick reflects on the future of US civics education in this op-ed originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Koret Winter Update: Supporting local veterans and their families
Dec 2022 | Quarterly Update

Koret Winter Update: Supporting local veterans and their families

Koret recently renewed its commitment to local veterans with a $1.5 million investment in the Koret Veterans Initiative over three years. First launched in 2019, this initiative helps Bay Area veterans address barriers to success.

Koret Fall Update: Investing in civics education and in Jewish Peoplehood
Nov 2022 | Quarterly Update

Koret Fall Update: Investing in civics education and in Jewish Peoplehood

An educated citizenry is key to a well-functioning democracy. Only through robust civic education can we ensure a stable, democratic future. That’s why Koret launched a $3.7 million Civic Learning Initiative to ensure that K-12 civic education across the Bay Area is engaging, robust and impactful.

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