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

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

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.

What Sets ISEF’s Work Apart?

Continuity of Support
ISEF  is there every step of the way, from undergraduate degrees to doctorates and even postdoc; 30% of ISEF’s scholars go on to earn advanced degrees.
Effective Support Systems
Our students say: “ISEF is my second family.” ISEF’s safety net offers emergency funds, academic assistance, and extra support for army reservists.
Strong Peer Network
ISEF  is a place to belong in the unfamiliar world of the campus, where students from immigrant families can feel out of place.
Leadership Training
Students overcome shyness, learn to take pride in their heritage, master public speaking, and become leaders and doers.
Community Service
Teaching and mentoring  over 3,000 at-risk Israeli youth transforms ISEF students from “needy” to “needed.”
ISEF GETS RESULTS
Twenty-five percent of all Israeli university students drop out—but at ISEF, 95% stay in school and get their degrees! ISEF empowers underprivileged young Israelis to reach their full potential.
ISEF TRANSFORMS THE FACE OF ISRAELI SOCIETY
Thousands of ISEF Alumni now hold key positions in all walks of Israeli life—including  members of Knesset, college presidents, leading medical researchers, including  members of Knesset, college presidents, leading medical researchers, architects, thought  leaders, IT innovators, and founders of major NGOs.

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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