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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

NINA WEINER’S INSPIRING MEMOIRS BENEFIT ISEF

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.

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENTS!

ISEF Israel's annual Shabbat Leadership Conference, March 24-25, 2017, welcomed 400 young ISEF scholars along with ISEF alumni for interactive study sessions, relationship-building activities and commemoration of ISEF’s innumerable accomplishments in developing Israel's intellectual capital spanning four decades.

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SUCCESS STORIES

MAKING STRIDES IN FAR-RANGING FIELDS

From earning prestigious awards and top appointments, to publishing research, film premiers and leading international conferences, ISEF scholars and alumni are inspiring the next generation of Israel's leaders. Read More

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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. During the event, which raised significant funds for ISEF’s scholarship and leadership development programs, ISEF honored Lily Safra, ISEF’s Co-founder and Honorary International Chairwoman, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.  View photos

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SHELLY ENDAW VANDA EARNS RESEARCH AWARD

ShellyISEF/Hebrew University Ph.D. scholar Shelly Endaw Vanda, received the 2017 Nira Shenhar Prize for Excellence for her research on risk perception and protection of social workers in relation to Ethiopian-Israeli children in distressed communities. Read More

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DR. SHIRIN ELHAIK GOLDMAN HONORED FOR SCIENCE RESEARCH

Shirin Elhaik GoldmanDr. Shirin Elhaik Goldman was presented with the Outstanding Scientific Research Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry, for her study of high-fat diets, the cerebral blood barrier and Alzheimer’s disease. The ISEF alumna is a postdoctoral researcher at The Joseph Sagol Neuroscience Center at Sheba – Tel Ha Shomer Hospital.

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ETHIOPIAN-ISRAELI VINO TARAFA SHARES HIS INCREDIBLE ISEF JOURNEY:

For more than 20 years, the ISEF Foundation has been committed to the development of Ethiopian-Israeli physicians, teachers, and leaders. Eleven percent of ISEF scholars hail from Ethiopian immigrant families – far more than their proportion in Israeli society (1.6%) and at the universities (only 0.5%).

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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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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