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

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SUCCESS STORIES

NEW BOOK BY ISEF ALUMNUS, NAPHTALY SHEM-TOV

ISEF alumnus, Dr. Naphtaly Shem-Tov's book, Acco Festival: Between Celebration and Confrontation, chronicles the history of the Acco Festival for Other Israeli Theater from 1980-2012.

This well-received work provides an insightful history of a cultural institution, which has brought together acclaimed directors and actors, fringe artists, and local Jewish and Arab residents for more than 40 years.

Dr. Shem-Tov is a senior lecturer in the Department of Literature, Language and the Arts at The Open University of Israel.

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PAYING IT FORWARD:
NESHER'S MAYOR AVI BINAMO STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF BRIDGE TO COLLEGE PROGRAM TO YOUNG SCHOLARS

Tenth graders and their ISEF tutors kicked off 2017 with their second group workshop of the “Bridge to College Program” at the Nesher Community Center on January 1st.

Special guest, Nesher’s mayor and ISEF alumnus, Avi Binamo, proudly spoke of the program’s success, and urged students to maximize the resources given to them.
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MEIRAV BEN-ARI:
INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION

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Dr. Asher Bashiri Heads Top Medical Conference

ISEF alumnus, Dr. Asher Bashiri, Director of Maternity C at the Soroka University Medical Center in Beer Sheva, Israel, is serving as president of the Second Annual World Congress on Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL), January 19-22, 2017, in Cannes, France. The conference will once again draw hundreds of leaders in the field from countries across the globe.asher-bashiri

An expert in RPL, Dr. Bashiri has been running the clinic in Beer Sheva for nearly 16 years, and has built a unique database, which includes information on more than 1,000 patients with varying clinical issues. He has published more than 75 papers, peer-reviewed journal articles and several studies on the clinical aspects of RPL.  In 2012, Dr. Bashiri was among 12 exceptional ISEF recipients of the Edmond J. Safra Alumni Society Award at ISEF’s 35th anniversary gala.   Read the full story.

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Video: Learn more about ISEF’s impact over 39 years!

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. Seven 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%).

 

NINA WEINER’S INSPIRING MEMOIRS BENEFIT ISEF

The newly published 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

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Making Headlines

Dr. Liav Orgad Awarded Major Grant for Immigration Study

ISEF graduate, Dr. Liav Orgad, has been awarded a €3.5 million grant to help shape the immigration policy of the European Union.

Dr. Orgad is a Faculty Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Associate Professor of Law at IDC Herzliya. Last fall, he published his first book, "Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of the Rights of the Majority," and was recently inducted into the prestigious International Global Academy.

Original story reported in the Hebrew-language publication, The Marker, December 27, 2016

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

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