Honorees Joe Rose and Walter Weiner and spouses
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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.

SUCCESS STORIES

NEW BOOK BY ISEF ALUMNUS, NAPHTALY SHEM-TOV

ISEF alumnus, Dr. Naphtaly Shem-Tov's book, Acco Festival: Between Celebration and Confrontation, chronicles the history of the Acco Festival for Other Israeli Theater from 1980-2012.

This well-received work provides an insightful history of a cultural institution, which has brought together acclaimed directors and actors, fringe artists, and local Jewish and Arab residents for more than 40 years.

Dr. Shem-Tov is a senior lecturer in the Department of Literature, Language and the Arts at The Open University of Israel.

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PAYING IT FORWARD:
NESHER'S MAYOR AVI BINAMO STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF BRIDGE TO COLLEGE PROGRAM TO YOUNG SCHOLARS

Tenth graders and their ISEF tutors kicked off 2017 with their second group workshop of the “Bridge to College Program” at the Nesher Community Center on January 1st.

Special guest, ISEF alumnus and Nesher’s mayor, Avi Binamo, proudly spoke about his ISEF experience and the program’s success. He urged students to maximize the resources given to them.
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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.

Making Headlines

Dr. Liav Orgad Awarded Major Grant for Immigration Study

ISEF graduate, Dr. Liav Orgad, has been awarded a €3.5 million grant to help shape the immigration policy of the European Union.

Dr. Orgad is a Faculty Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Associate Professor of Law at IDC Herzliya. Last fall, he published his first book, "Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of the Rights of the Majority," and was recently inducted into the prestigious International Global Academy.

Original story reported in the Hebrew-language publication, The Marker, December 27, 2016

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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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