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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

From receiving prestigious awards and top appointments, to heading international conferences and publishing vital research, ISEF alumni are inspiring the next generation of Israel's leaders. Read More

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.

New Year, New Beginning!

ISEF welcomes the New Year, and its fifth decade, with a fresh look and updated name:

Israel Scholarship
Education Foundation

This change reflects ISEF’s evolution – and Israel’s – towards an era of more inclusive identity and growth.
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.

Shana Tova!

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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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