The Foundation was created in 1979 with money from the estates of Joseph and Stephanie Koret, founders of the Koret of California womenís sportswear line. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on the following areas: public policy initiatives, K-12 education reform, free-market economic expansion in Israel, and a thriving Bay Area cultural landscape. Grants are also made for the Koret Taube Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. The Initiative of Jewish Peoplehood seeks to increase Jewish identification and involvement in Jewish communal life worldwide and inspire greater interconnections among members of the Jewish community through positive, shared Jewish learning and experiences. Grants are also awarded to elevate Jewish literacy through informal Jewish education focused on Jewish history, religion, culture, and contemporary life. The Foundation also focuses on increasing active participation in Jewish communal activities through volunteerism, Jewish service learning, community service, and involvement in Jewish communal activities. In addition, the Foundation funds an Initiative to Combat Anti-Semitism focusing on four strategies: campus advocacy, legal and public policy strategies, media monitoring, and pro-Israel thought leadership. Funds are also awarded for the Foundationís Initiative in Israel Economic Development. Additional information on these programs as well as specific funding interests in the Bay Area can be found on the Web site.
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