Leaders of ISEF\'s board meet ISEF Alumni in Israel
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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

HONORARY PhD FOR LILY SAFRA

ISEF Co-Founder and Honorary Chair Lily Safra received an honorary doctorate from the Technion in 2018 "for her outstanding support of the ISEF program that helped thousands of students throughout Israel, including hundreds within the Technion."

SUCCESS STORIES

MAKING STRIDES IN FAR-RANGING FIELDS

ISEF alumna Dr. Karin Carmit Yefet was named "Outstanding Researcher of the Year" by the University of Haifa.

Karin was chosen from among the entire university faculty to receive this prestigious award, and all of us in the ISEF family - students, alumni, and supporters - may take great pride in her achievement!

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Leadership

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

International Honorary Chairwoman: Lily Safra
President: Carlos Benaim
Chairwoman Emerita: Nina Weiner
Treasurer and CFO: Harry A. Katz
Secretary: Richard S. Rothberg
Emeritus Chairmen: Sonny Gindi z”l, Norman Belmonte

   
Avi Abergel   Albert Nasser
Norman Belmonte   Jacques Nasser
Darel M. Benaim   Joseph M. Rose
Yvonne Cohen   Judy Rosenberg
David Dangoor   Daniel Roubeni
Samuel Elia   Robert Shasha
Simon Elias   Katrin Yaghoubi Sosnick
Roysi Erbes   Michael Vaknin
Yosi Manor   Judy Wolff
Ezra Marcos   Lior Yahalomi
     
   

BOARD COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Development: Avi Abergel, Michael Vaknin

Finance: Harry A. Katz
Audit: Yosi Manor
Endowment: Robert Shasha, Joseph M. Rose

Board Development: Roysi Erbes

Programs: Dr. Darel M. Benaim, Lior Yahalomi

Public Relations: Nina A. Weiner

WOMEN’S DIVISION CHAIRS

Yvonne Cohen, Judy Wolff


PROFESSIONAL STAFF, NEW YORK

Executive Director: Dmitry (Dima) Shimelfarb

Director, Grants and Communications: Nancy Wellins
Associate Director, Donor Support Services: Yana Fomin
Director, Next Generation &
Student Affairs: Adi Helfer

ISEF ISRAEL

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Chair: Dr. Vered Padler Karavani

Mr. Guy Busy Mr. Amnon Rimon
Dr. Amir Chenchinski Ms. Orna Sadgat-Erez
Dr. Haim Suchowski Ms. Gadit Sunego-Levin
   

ACADEMIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Honorary Chair:
Ambassador Gabriela Shalev
Former UN Ambassador; President, Ono College
Chair:
Prof. Amnon Rubenstein
Former Minister of Education; Professor, IDC Herzliya

Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson
President, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Peretz Lavie
President, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology

PROFESSIONAL STAFF, ISRAEL
Executive Director: Tomer Samarkandi
Director, Resource Development:
Galit Caspi-Cohen
Manager of Alumni and Ph.D. Programs:
Orit Kakoon Biton

 

Bridge to College

This fund is helping hundreds of at-risk Israeli teens to finish high school and qualify for college.

ISEF pairs each vulnerable teen with an ISEF university student mentor from a similar background. The teens look up to our students--who tutor them in tough subjects, boost their confidence, and show them the way forward to a better future through 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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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.
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