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Archive: ISEF Scholars and Alumni: Making an Impact


acco-festival2ISEF 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.


dr-liav-orgadDr. Orgad is a Faculty Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Associate Professor of Law at IDC Herzliya.  He was recently inducted into the prestigious International Global Academy. Original story reported in the Hebrew-language publication, The Marker, December 27, 2016



ISEF International Fellow, Dr. Yitsik Biton, is the recipient of the 2016 Young Investigator Award by the American College of Cardiology for his postdoctoral heart research at the University of Rochester. Yitsik joined Harvard Medical School this fall as a cardiac fellow!



HAIFA AT RISK GIRLS PROGRAM PIC 2December 2015 – Six 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.”

Liav Orgad Book Cover

ISEF alumnus Dr. Liav Orgad released his first book in the fall of 2015. The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights,” was published by Oxford University Press and met with critical acclaim for its insightful analysis of immigration and its effect on modern nations. Liav is a Faculty Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Associate Professor of Law at IDC Herzliya.


Dr. Inbal Rachmin, whose groundbreaking discovery of protein’s ability to combat heart Inbal Rachmin Awarddisease and breast cancer has garnered international acclaim, continues her cutting-edge heart research as an ISEF International Fellow at Harvard University Medical School. Inbal grew up in Jerusalem, one of six children. When she was just 16, she lost her mother to breast cancer, which inspired her medical studies. Inbal is pictured here receiving an award of excellence from The Israel Heart Society in the summer of 2015.

Former ISEF International Fellow Dr. Haim Haim_Suchowski_300dpiSuchowski (UC-Berkeley) joined the Physics Faculty at Tel Aviv University, where he opened his own lab with a generous grant from the European Research Council. His research is revolutionizing the depth and speed with which scientists can see into space.


Ziona Tagאייסףana, ISEF alumna and Law graduate of Bar Ilan University, became the first Ethiopian-Israeli to be accepted to the prestigious Israeli Supreme Court internship program. She is pictured here receiving the 2015 Edmond Levy Outstanding Law Scholars Award from Mrs. Levy, ISEF President Nina Weiner, and ISEF Alumnus Prof. Nir Kedar, Dean of Sapir College Law School in Sderot (far right).

ISEF Alumni Elected to Israel’s Parliament
March 2015

Meirav Ben Ari- Kulanu PartyISEF alumna and attorney Meirav Ben Ari, who earned her degree in Law and Government from IDC Herzliya, was elected to Knesset in the 2015 elections, as part of the newly formed “Kulanu” (All of Us) political coalition headed by Moshe Kachlon, the new Minister of Finance.

Meirav first gained national acclaim in 2006, when she won Israel’s television reality competition show, “Looking for a Leader,” and was awarded $1 million by the Rashi Foundation to create the “Through Challenge” Center in Netanya, which offers physical challenge, academic mentoring, and personal guidance for impoverished teens. In 2009, Meirav established a second youth center in Hertzliya, “Through the Waves,” where ISEF’s scholarship winners lead programs that benefit the community.

Also elected to the Knesset this year was ISEF alumnus Dr. Yossi Yonah, a member of the new Zionist Union party.

2015 Awards and Honors for ISEF Alumni

January 26, 2015

Hedva Eyal headshotHedva Eyal, an ISEF scholar pursuing her Ph.D. in Government and Public Policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been awarded the prestigious Yuval Neeman Prize by Israel’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

Hedva’s research focuses on the laws governing treatment of participants in clinical trials. Her research supervisor is none other than Professor David Levi-Faur, an alumnus of ISEF who has played a major role in ISEF’s PhD program in Israel.

On top of her studies, Hedva manages the “Women and Medical Technology” program at the “Woman to Woman” empowerment organization in Haifa. She also serves on the board of The Israeli Fertility Association and is a fertility studies fellow at Haifa University’s International Center for Ethics, Law, and Health.

Hedva lives in Haifa, is married and the mother of two girls.