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ISEF International Fellow Dr. Yitsik Biton was awarded the 2016 Young Investigator Award by the American College of Cardiology for his postdoctoral heart research at the University of Rochester. Yitsik will be joining Harvard Medical School this fall as a cardiac fellow!

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During a recent lecture and visit with students in ISEF’s Leadership Development Program, ISEF alumna, MK Meirav Ben-Ari, shared a heartwarming story about the powerful role ISEF continues to play in her life. The leadership program is conducted at five university campuses: Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, IDC, Afeka College of Engineering and the Holon Institute of Technology.


ISEF Alumna Dr. Yifat Bitton Named Professor –
and Short-Listed for Israel’s Supreme Court –
as ISEF Celebrates 40th Anniversary

An alumna of the ISEF Foundation’s scholarship programs for immigrant and under-served young Israelis has just been named to a full professorship at a top Israeli law school – and also to the Israeli Minister of Justice’s “short list” of 28 candidates to fill four vacancies in Israel’s High Court of Justice.

Professor Yifat Bitton of Israel’s College of Management Academic Studies Law School in Rishon LeZion, is co-founder of Tmura -The Israeli Anti-Discrimination Legal Center. She has won awards in recent years from Hadassah, the New Israel Fund, and yifat-bittonother organizations for her fierce dedication to achieving equal status for Israeli women and girls from marginalized communities.

Professor Bitton writes: “One of the first calls I made when I learned I’d been named professor was to Tomer Samarkandi, ISEF Israel’s director – to say thank you to ISEF for the tremendous part ISEF has played in my life’s journey as an academic and activist.”

Professor Bitton has been an active leader with ISEF for more than a decade, including a postdoctoral stint as an ISEF International Fellow at Harvard Law School.

 “I congratulate Dr. Bitton on this latest achievement with all my heart,” said ISEF President Nina Weiner, “and I take pride in this latest proof that ISEF’s investment in developing Israel’s greatest untapped natural resource – the minds of bright young people from disadvantaged communities – offers such a wonderful return on investment, benefiting not only all Israeli women, but all of Israeli society.”



ISEF’s Commitment to Community

For over 20 years, The ISEF Foundation has been committed to the development of Ethiopian-Israeli physicians, teachers, and leaders. 7% of ISEF’s scholars hail from Ethiopian immigrant families – far more than their proportion in Israeli society (1.6%) and at the universities (only 0.5%).
Ethiopian-Israeli Vino Tarafa shares his incredible ISEF journey in this new video (English subtitles):

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


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