Honorees Joe Rose and Walter Weiner and spouses

Because Israel's single greatest natural resource is the minds of its young. ISEF opens the doors of higher education for more than 400 promising young....

Learn More About ISEF



ISEF International Fellow Dr. Yitsik Biton was awarded the 2016 Young Investigator Award by the American College of Cardiology for his postdoctoral heart research at the University of Rochester. Yitsik will be joining Harvard Medical School this fall as a cardiac fellow!

Click for more about iSEF'S success stories!


6 ISEF MA Students at the University of Haifa raised funds and launched an after-school program for at-risk girls from distressed neighborhoods and impoverished single-parent families. Without support services, adolescent girls face a real danger of dropping out of school.

This new safe space provides 24 at-risk girls with a weekly program that teaches valuable life skills, provides positive role models and mentors, and familiarizes them with college life as well as professional and cultural opportunities.

“I never dreamed that just a couple of hours a week could be so life-changing.”


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.

Click to see more event photos

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


The newly published 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 book on Amazon, proceeds benefit ISEF

Sign up for ISEF Emails

Lily and Edmund Safra

ISEF was founded in 1977 by Edmond J. Safra z"l, Lily Safra and Nina Weiner.


Charity Navigator - 4 stars JCA ICA