Koret pledges $3 million to Polish Jewish museum

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The S.F.-based Koret Foundation has announced a $3 million gift to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

The grant is being made in collaboration with a $1 million grant from the Belmont-based Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture; $1 million of the Koret grant and the entire Taube grant will require a 1:1 match.

If the $2 million in matching funds comes through as officials expect, a total of $6 million will be awarded to the museum — the largest gifts to the museum since its inception in 2005. In all, the Koret and Taube Foundations will have contributed a total of $7.3 million to the museum since 2007.

Tad Taube, Koret board president, has raised more than $5.5 million from California donors, a list that includes Eric Benhamou, Jack and Helen Tramiel, the late Warren Hellman, John Friedenrich, the S.F.-based Jewish Community Endowment Fund, James Koshland, Roselyne Swig, Greg and Sally Hartman, Linda and Skip Law, Henry and Lucille Libicki, Rick Parasol, Harry and Carol Saal, Don and Ruth Seiler, Stuart and Josie Shiff, and the Laszlo Tauber Foundation.

The museum, a monumental undertaking in the heart of the Polish capital, is due to open in 2013 on the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The cost of construction is more than $70 million, and the museum is expected to attract a million visitors annually.

“The Museum of the History of Polish Jews addresses two key initiatives of the Koret Foundation,” said Taube, honorary consul of Poland in San Francisco. “The Koret Taube Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood offers a framework for engaging in the global conversation about collective Jewish experience and identity. And our Koret Initiative to Combat Anti-Semitism is dedicated to curbing the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activities within the local and global communities through advocacy on college campuses, public policy strategies, and review of the national and international media on the topic.” — jta & j. staff