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Because Israel's single greatest natural resource is the minds of its young people. ISEF opens the doors to higher education for more than 400 promising young Israelis from underserved and immigrant communities throughout Israel. Learn More

ISEF in ISRAEL

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENTS!

Check out ISEF-Israel's events paying tribute to four decades of educating youth, transforming lives and securing Israel's future!

40TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT DINNER
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ANNUAL SHABBAT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
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SUCCESS STORIES

MAKING STRIDES IN FAR-RANGING FIELDS

ISEF alumna Dr. Karin Carmit Yefet was named "Outstanding Researcher of the Year" by the University of Haifa.

Karin was chosen from among the entire university faculty to receive this prestigious award, and all of us in the ISEF family - students, alumni, and supporters - may take great pride in her achievement!

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The acclaimed memoir by ISEF President Nina Weiner shares the joys and challenges of building the ISEF Foundation and the exciting life journey which led her to that purpose. “Weiner writes with great zest and a clear-eyed devotion to facts and to the harsh realities of life that awaited displaced Jews from the Middle East upon their arrival in Israel.” – Andre Aciman, author of Out of Egypt Click to purchase Circles of Empowerment on Amazon. All proceeds benefit ISEF.

THE IMPACT OF ISEF: IN THEIR OWN WORDS

I always thought about this special day, my graduation, and it has finally arrived.

It is very important for me to say two simple words: Thank You.  

To each one of you, from the first person at ISEF who read my story to the one who made the decision to help me – THANK YOU for all of your support, thank you for believing in me, for making it possible for me to focus on my studies and complete my mission of becoming a doctor.

I am very proud of myself and wanted to share my appreciation from the bottom of my heart to everyone at ISEF, who, directly or indirectly, lent their helping hand in my journey.

With much appreciation,

-Mor

Your generous contribution gave me the chance to be excellent in my studies  and to give all I have to become the best physician I can be. To say that I was touched by your sincere devotion to students like me does not sufficiently express my gratitude.

Through your generosity over the years, I was able to participate in medical research projects, to take the U.S. medical exam, and to have grades in the top 10 of my class.

In a few months, I will start the Israeli part of my qualification as a physician, which is one year of internship in an Israeli hospital.

On behalf of my my family, we are grateful for all you have done for us. Please accept our warmest heartfelt thanks.

-Nissim

Join us in our mission to empower extraordinary individuals of underserved backgrounds and top academic merit to reach their highest leadership potential, igniting positive social change in Israeli society.

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ISEF’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT DINNER A SUCCESS!

Mrs. Lily Safra Honored at ISEF Foundation's 40th AnniversaryMore than 325 guests joined ISEF on May 11th to celebrate 40 years of empowering young gifted students from Israel’s immigrant and underserved communities to pursue higher education. The evening’s special honoree was Mrs. Lily Safra, ISEF’s Co-founder and Honorary International Chairwoman, who received ISEF’s Lifetime Achievement Award.   View photos | Read articles written by our university partners and Friends Associations | View Video

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ISEF ALUMNUS INDUCTED INTO PRESTIGIOUS ACADEMY

Dr. Liav Orgad, esteemed authority on constitutional identity, citizenship theory, and global migration, was elected to the Young Academy of Europe, an international association of scientists working with policy-makers to influence science policy and contribute to the development of a European science agenda.  Read about Liav’s journey and his relationship with ISEF.

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ISEF SCHOLARS & ALUMNI:
MOVING FORWARD, GIVING BACK

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DELIVERING HOPE TO
PROSPECTIVE PARENTS

Pioneering research in Recurring Pregnancy Loss (RPL) conducted by ISEF alumnus, Dr. Asher Bashiri, is enabling more women at risk for first time or repeat miscarriage to carry healthy babies to term.  As reported in The Forward, Dr. Bashiri “has put Israel on the map as a leader in RPL and is in the planning stages of building Israel’s first RPL research center.”  Read more

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THE SAMI MICHAEL PRIZE

ISEF doctoral student Shula Molla (top, left), and ISEF alumnus Yoav Lalom (bottom, right), were awarded the first annual Sami Michael Prize for individuals whose work promotes an egalitarian and just society in Israel.  Full Story

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ISEF SCHOLARS AWARDED
FOR EXCELLENCE!

Capping off a successful academic year, young ISEF scholars received certificates for excelling in our leadership programs and in other projects during ISEF Israel’s annual end-of-year gathering on June 1, 2017.  Photos

Bridge to College

Through the Luna and Selim Benardete Bridge to College Fund, young scholars are trained in leadership and serve as mentors, tutors and role models for young Israelis in their home communities.

The program targets high school students in the distressed area of Nesher, who show clear potential for college, but need financial assistance, along with help to develop self-confidence, pass their matriculation exams and gain admission to higher education.

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Student Testimonials

ISEF Alum & Nesher Mayor Speaks at Bridge to College Fund Event

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Lily and Edmund Safra

ISEF was founded in 1977 by Edmond J. Safra z"l, Lily Safra and Nina Weiner.

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