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Koret Foundation

April 19, 2013 08:50 ET

Mayor Ed Lee Proclaims April 19th Museum of the History of Polish Jews Day in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - April 19, 2013) -  April 19, 2013, has been proclaimed Museum of the History of Polish Jews Day by the City and County of San Francisco. This date marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and opening day of the state-of-the-art museum in Warsaw, Poland. The proclamation recognizes the wide-reaching influence of this museum, which showcases one thousand years of Jewish history in Poland.

"We are grateful to Mayor Lee for his recognition of the contributions the Museum will make to the community, culture and history of the Jewish people, both locally in Poland and around the world," said the Honorable Tad Taube, Honorary Consul of Poland in San Francisco and head of Taube Philanthropies and the Koret Foundation. The two Bay Area-based foundations have made the largest private contribution to the museum to-date.

In addition to the involvement of the Koret and Taube foundations, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews benefits from the support and involvement of numerous Bay Area residents. A VIP delegation of nearly 50 people traveled to Warsaw for the events, including several Bay Area donors and members of the museum's Board of Trustees.

Thousands are expected to attend the commemorative events in Warsaw, including the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski, religious and political leaders, as well as surviving Warsaw Ghetto fighters and Jewish community members from Poland, the U.S. and elsewhere. The commemoration events will be broadcast live on JLTV and streamed online at http://www.jltv.tv/live on April 19 at 10:00 a.m. Central European Time (1 a.m. PDT). They will also be re-broadcast on Monday, April 22, 12-2 p.m. PDT; Thursday, April 25, 12-2 p.m. PDT; and Saturday, April 27, 8-10 p.m. PDT.

ABOUT TAUBE PHILANTHROPIES

Taube Philanthropies was established in 1981 by its founder and chairman, Hon. Tad Taube. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and with an office in Warsaw, the Foundation makes philanthropic investments primarily in the Bay Area and Poland, in scholarship, heritage preservation, arts and culture, education, and institution-building. Taube Philanthropies is committed to collaborative giving for greatest charitable impact and actively partners with individual donors and other foundations. For additional information, contact Shelley Hébert shebert@taubephilanthropies.org or visit www.taubephilanthropies.org.

ABOUT THE KORET FOUNDATION

Since 1979, the San Francisco-based Koret Foundation, a private philanthropic organization, has invested over $500 million to strengthen the Bay Area region, Israel, and most recently, Poland. Koret invests in strategic, collaborative solutions to leverage its grant-making dollars. By funding market-based solutions to impact social policy issues, Koret is committed to supporting Bay Area anchor institutions, the Jewish community, and educational opportunities. For additional information, contact Cathie Bennett Warner cathie@cbwgroup.net or visit www.koret.org.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF POLISH JEWS

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews is a multimedia narrative museum and vibrant cultural center in Poland, the epicenter of world Jewry for centuries prior to the Holocaust and the ancestral home of the majority of Jews today. Its distinctive glass and copper geometric structure, designed by Finnish architect Rainer Mahlamäki, faces the memorial to the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The Museum is the first public-private partnership of its kind in Poland: the Ministry of Culture financed the entire capital project; the City of Warsaw donated the land; and the non-profit Association of the Jewish Historical Institute financed the Core Exhibition and educational programs. For additional information, contact Nitzan Reisner nreisner@jewishmuseum.org.pl or visit www.jewishmuseum.org.pl

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