Honorees Joe Rose and Walter Weiner and spouses
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SUCCESS STORIES

MEIRAV BEN ARI JOINS POLITICAL RACE

ISEF alumna and attorney Meirav Ben Ari, who earned her degree in Law and Government from the IDC in Herzliya, joined the newly formed “Kulanu” (All of Us) political party headed by Moshe Kachlon, former Likud member and Minister of Communications, as well as of Welfare and Social Services. Meirav secured a top-ten position in the “Kulanu” party list and will most likely be elected to the Knesset in the March elections.

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ISEF ALUM PERFORMS MEDICAL MIRACLE

Dr. Yaakov Amsalem, Chair of Invasive Neuroradiology at Haifa's Rambam Hospital, saved a young stroke victim's life with a miracle operation.

Dr. Amsalem received specialized training in Invasive Neuroradiology as an ISEF International Fellow, and is one of just four physicians in Israel trained in this groundbreaking field.

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Walter Weiner, Joe Rose Honored at Plaza

Walter and Nina Weiner

Honoree Walter Weiner and Nina Weiner

Hundreds of supporters turned out at ISEF’s 34th Anniversary Benefit Dinner at New York’s Plaza Hotel on May 4,  2011, to salute Lifetime Achievement honorees Joseph Rose and Walter Weiner.

“This year’s honorees are unique in the consistent, enduring role that each of them has played throughout ISEF’s history,” said ISEF Chairman Carlos Benaim. “We are eternally grateful for their contributions to furthering ISEF’s mission of educating young Israelis from underserved communities.”

As Chairman and CEO of Republic New York Corporation and Republic National Bank for two decades, Walter worked closely with the late Edmond J. Safra, who founded ISEF together with wife Lily Safra and ISEF President Nina Weiner. Investment banker and philanthropist Harvey Krueger, a long-time friend and a member of ISEF’s board, presented Walter’s award.

Joe Rose and Family

Honoree Joe Rose (2nd from L) , children and grandchildren

Passionately committed to advancing higher education in Israel, Joe Rose has played a vital role as ISEF’s treasurer for 25 years. Joe and his wife Paulette have also supported individual ISEF scholarship recipients. Attorney and friend Mark Levenson presented Joe’s award.

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WABC-TV News Anchor Bill Ritter emceed the evening, and Israel’s Consul-General Ido Aharoni was guest speaker. Norman Belmonte, ISEF’s outgoing chairman, received special recognition.

Dr. Moshe Elkabets, an ISEF scholar from Ofakim, now doing breast cancer research at Harvard Medical School, expressed his gratitude to ISEF for enabling a young man from a poor desert town to study at one of the world’s top universities.

The live auction raised over $100,000, and the band got everyone up to dance.

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UNSUNG SEPHARDIC HEROES OF WWII

ISEF alumnus Rami Kimchi’s documentary film, “The Night of Fools,” about the Algerian-Jewish underground resistance to the pro-Nazi movement in North Africa during World War II, aired in January on Israeli public television to critical acclaim.

The film has gained national attention and was featured in this YNET News article.

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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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