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

Quarterly Update | Nov 2022

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

Quarterly Update | Nov 2022

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.

The initiative supports leading organizations such as iCivics, Commonwealth Club, Common Sense Media, and KQED to educate more students, empower more educators and create a new generation of informed citizens prepared to address the challenges of tomorrow. This feels even more imperative as we head into Election Day.

This time of year, when Jewish communities have just recently gathered for the High Holidays, we see the positive impact of strong institutions of Jewish life and the need to sustain them for years to come. In pursuit of that aim, Koret renewed and expanded its support of our six Bay Area JCCs. JCCs represent the heart of our Jewish communities. Through our newly announced series of three-year grants, totaling $6.75 million, we’re building on our decades-long commitment to ensuring the vitality of our JCCs for future generations.

During this season of gathering and reflection, we extend our thanks for your part in our work. For the latest updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Inspired by our grantees:
iCivics: Educating the next generation to participate in American democracy

iCivics is a leading provider of civic learning tools and curricula and a key part of Koret’s Civic Learning
Initiative. Executive Director Louise Dubé recently talked with us about the state of civic education and the work they are doing to provide teachers with the tools to encourage students to become engaged citizens.

Read the full conversation for insight into the challenges and opportunities ahead for teaching about our democracy.  

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

Deepening Jewish identity, connecting Jews to Israel, and building community are key tenets of our mission. Koret grantee Honeymoon Israel brings committed couples, mostly interfaith, on a 10-day trip to Israel to help them connect with Jewish life and community.

Read about one Bay Area couple’s experience on their Honeymoon Israel trip this past summer.