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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

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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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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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DR. KARIN CARMIT YEFET AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS LEGAL HONOR

Congratulations to ISEF alumna, Dr. Karin Carmit Yefet, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Haifa, on receiving the Cheshin Young Researcher AwardKarin-Carmit-Yefet-B&W.jpg AR.

The annual prize, bestowed by Hebrew University, recognizes academic excellence in law, particularly for research that contributes to the development of law in Israel and the advancement of society, and is considered second only to the Israel Prize in the field of legal research.

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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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ISEF ALUMNUS HEADS PRESTIGIOUS MEDICAL CONFERENCE

Dr. Asher Bashiri, Director of Maternity C at the Soroka University Medical Center in Beer Sheva, Israel, organized and served as president ofasher-bashiri the Second Annual World Congress on Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL), January 19-22, 2017, in Cannes, France. The conference drew hundreds of leaders in the field from countries across the globe.   Read the full story.

 

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

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