ISEF scholars at Shamoon College of Engineering
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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."

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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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Secretary Richard Rothberg

Richard S. Rothberg has faithfully served as ISEF’s Secretary and legal adviser for well over two decades. He is a partner at Cooley LLP, where he co-heads the Firm’s New York Personal Representation and Tax Planning practice. Mr. Rothberg joined Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman LLP in 1990, which was merged into Cooley Godward Kronish LLP in 2006. Mr. Rothberg has practiced in the areas of trusts and estates for more than 25 years.  He received his J.D. in 1967 from Harvard Law School, cum laude.

Mr. Rothberg is a former Chair of the Trusts and Estates Law Section, New York State Bar Association, and a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  He has been recognized by New York Magazine as one of the New York City area’s “Best Lawyers” in the field of Trusts and Estates, and has been named to the “Super Lawyers of New York – 2006”.  He has written and lectured extensively on topics related to gift and estate taxation, including contributions to legal and tax journals on the subjects of federal and state estate taxes, retirement plan benefits, S Corporations and the valuation of family businesses.

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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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