Chairman Carlos Benaim, President Nina Weiner, Treasurer Joseph Rose, Academic Advisory Chair Prof. Gabriela Shalev
Hebrew

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

Click to purchase Circles of Empowerment on Amazon. All proceeds benefit ISEF.

ISEF in ISRAEL

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENTS!

Check out ISEF-Israel's events paying tribute to four decades of educating youth, transforming lives and securing Israel's future!

40TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT DINNER
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ANNUAL SHABBAT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
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SUCCESS STORIES

MAKING STRIDES IN FAR-RANGING FIELDS

From receiving prestigious awards and top appointments, to heading international conferences and publishing vital research, ISEF alumni are inspiring the next generation of Israel's leaders. Read More

Archive: ISEF's success stories!

Treasurer Joseph Rose

As a young CPA in the mid-1960s, Joe Rose visited Israel twice as a professional auditor. This transforming experience prepared him for involvement in several organizations that financially support education in Israel. While Joe pursued a career in accounting and real estate, his wife, Paulette, devoted herself to academia and antiquarian bookselling. Together, they have traveled to Israel nearly one hundred times to reinforce their commitment to further higher education.

In addition to serving as treasurer of ISEF for the last 30 years, Joe has held several positions as a board member of the American Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and is currently a national vice-president. He is a past treasurer of the Bronx Museum of the Arts and a member of the Board of Trustees. Paulette and Joe have worked together on behalf of Israel Bonds– being honored for their efforts– and have hosted events for the Friends of the IDF, the American Friends of the IPO, and Food For Needy, Inc.

The Roses have two sons, David and Ian. David is married to Laurie and they have two daughters– Samantha and Annie. Ian is married to Ellen.

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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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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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