ISEF scholars at Shamoon College of Engineering

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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

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During a recent lecture and visit with students in ISEF’s Leadership Development Program, ISEF alumna, MK Meirav Ben-Ari, shared a heartwarming story about the powerful role ISEF continues to play in her life.




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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Dr. Asher Bashiri Heads Top Medical Conference

ISEF alumnus, Dr. Asher Bashiri, Director of Maternity C at the Soroka University Medical Center in Beer Sheva, Israel, served as president of the Second Annual World Congress on Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL), January 19-22, 2017, in Cannes, France. The conference drew hundreds of leaders in the field from countries across the globe.asher-bashiri

An expert in RPL, Dr. Bashiri has been running the clinic in Beer Sheva for nearly 16 years, and has built a unique database, which includes information on more than 1,000 patients with varying clinical issues. He has published more than 75 papers, peer-reviewed journal articles and several studies on the clinical aspects of RPL.  In 2012, Dr. Bashiri was among 12 exceptional ISEF recipients of the Edmond J. Safra Alumni Society Award at ISEF’s 35th anniversary gala.

Dr. Bashiri, also head of pre-med studies at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben Gurion University Medical Center, organized the first world conference on RPL in January 2016 as a key initiative to promote international collaboration to advance understanding of the causes of RPL and to ultimately find a cure.

In addition to his clinical work, Professor Bashiri serves as the director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship for 5th year medical students, the chair of the Research Project Committee, and the chair of the final OBGYN examination committee at Ben Gurion University. He also headed academic activities in the OBGYN Department at Soroka for more than seven years, and advises more than 25 research students. Since 2015, Dr. Bashiri has served as Chair of ISEF’s Academic Committee.Since the publication last year of his book, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Evidence-Based Evaluation, Diagnosis and Treatment, Dr. Bashiri has been speaking at leading international medical conferences to promote his breakthrough findings.

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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Lily and Edmund Safra

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