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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

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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

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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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.

Staff

Dima Shimelfarb

Dmitry (Dima) Shimelfarb
Director of Development

Dima joined ISEF in November 2017. Previously he was Executive Director of the JPF Foundation and served as Vice President of Israel and Global Philanthropy for the Jewish Agency for Israel. Over a decade of experience with Jewish communities around the world informs his work as an ambassador and advocate for Israel.  After completing his service in the Israel Defense Forces, Dima served as a Jewish Agency emissary for informal Jewish education in Moscow, Russia.  Upon his return to Israel, Dima was appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to serve as spokesman and press secretary for the Likud Party.  As the first non-native Hebrew speaker to hold this position, Dima worked to break the glass ceiling on behalf of new immigrants to Israel.

Dmitry holds an M.B.A. in Public Policy Leadership from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, and a Master’s in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University.

 

Nancy Wellins
Director, Communications and Grants

Nancy has worked with ISEF since 1992, including service as acting executive director (2015-2017). Previously she was Bureau Chief for Israel’s Consul-General in New York; Head of English Publications, International Center for Peace in the Middle East; and Correspondent and Acting Editor-in-Chief, English News Department, Israel Government Press Office. She also had a professional singing career with the New Israel Opera and the Israel National Choir. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University.

 

Anita Schnee
Manager, Business Operations

Anita Schnee

Anita Schnee

Anita has worked with ISEF since 2000.  Previously she was Registrar for Israel Programs for the Youth Division of the UAHC, as well as Study Abroad Coordinator and Assistant Housing Coordinator for the Center for English Studies in Manhattan.  She earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (focused on international business) from Hofstra University, and an M.B.A. in international business from George Washington University.

 

 

Adi Helfer
Director, Next Generation & Student Affairs

Adi began working with ISEF in April 2010.  She holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in Sociology with a focus on social services, and a Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel. She has previously worked for over a dozen nonprofit organizations all over Israel, providing social services and legal advocacy for disadvantaged youth, women, immigrants, and other marginalized populations.


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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