ISEF’s 39th Anniversary Benefit Dinner
Close to 300 supporters of ISEF’s work to provide higher education to gifted young Israelis from immigrant and underserved communities gathered at New York’s Grand Hyatt on June 7th to celebrate ISEF’s 39th Anniversary. The event, which raised major new funds for ISEF’s scholarship and leadership development programs, honored renowned scientist and philanthropist Dr. Jean de Gunzburg and paid tribute to ISEF Lifetime Achievement Award winners Judy and Norris Wolff.
Dr. de Gunzburg, outgoing Chairman of World ORT, was given ISEF’s International Leadership Award for his dedication to bringing modern technology to underserved schools in Israel’s periphery. He spoke eloquently about the importance of education and about ISEF’s invaluable contributions to Israel and the world.
The event also attracted major corporate support, with EY receiving special recognition for its leadership role.
The event was emceed by Josh Einiger of ABC-Eyewitness News and included a touching tribute by Treasurer Joseph M. Rose to ISEF’s founding board member Walter H. Weiner z”l who passed away in May.
This truly memorable evening will enable ISEF to support hundreds of bright young students in the coming year, and underwrite a dozen ISEF-sponsored education programs that reach several thousand youngsters across Israel’s most vulnerable communities.
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ISEF alumnus Dr. Liav Orgad released his first book this fall. “The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights,” was published by Oxford University Press and met with critical acclaim for its insightful analysis of immigration and its effect on modern nations. Liav is a Faculty Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Associate Professor of Law at IDC Herzliya.
Dr. Inbal Rachmin, whose groundbreaking discovery of protein’s ability to combat heart disease and breast cancer has garnered international acclaim, continues her cutting-edge heart research as an ISEF International Fellow at Harvard University Medical School. Inbal grew up in Jerusalem, one of six children. When she was just 16, she lost her mother to breast cancer, which inspired her medical studies. Inbal is pictured here receiving an award of excellence from The Israel Heart Society.
Former ISEF International Fellow Dr. Haim Suchowski (UC-Berkeley) joined the Physics Faculty at Tel Aviv University, where he opened his own lab this summer with a generous grant from the European Research Council. His research is revolutionizing the depth and speed with which scientists can see into space.
Ziona Tagana, ISEF alumna and Law graduate of Bar Ilan University, became the first Ethiopian-Israeli to be accepted to the prestigious Israeli Supreme Court internship program. She is pictured here receiving the 2015 Edmond Levy Outstanding Law Scholars Award from Mrs. Levy, ISEF President Nina Weiner, and ISEF Alumnus Prof. Nir Kedar, Dean of Sapir College Law School in Sderot (far right).