Honorees Joe Rose and Walter Weiner and spouses
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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.

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.

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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