Of that amount, $1 million requires a 1:1 match. The Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture also offered the museum a $1 million grant requiring a match.
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 Tad Taube, the Koret board president and an 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.”