ISEF scholars at Shamoon College of Engineering

Because Israel's single greatest natural resource is the minds of its young people. ISEF opens the doors to higher education for more than 400 promising young Israelis from underserved and immigrant communities throughout Israel. Learn More


ISEF Co-Founder and Honorary Chair Lily Safra received an honorary doctorate from the Technion in 2018 "for her outstanding support of the ISEF program that helped thousands of students throughout Israel, including hundreds within the Technion."



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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Bridge to College Program in Nesher Welcomes New and Continuing Students

Tenth graders and their ISEF tutors kicked off 2017 with their second group Bridge to College workshop at the Nesher Community Center on January 1st.  The newcomers were joined by continuing 11th and 12th graders in the program, now in its third year in Nesher.

Nesher’s mayor and ISEF alumnus, Avi Binamo, proudly spoke of the program’s success, and urged students to maximize the resources given to them. He said that ISEF is one of the most important organizations in Israel, one that contributed to his personal and professional achievements and those of many of his fellow ISEF alumni who are leaders in medicine, law, public administration and the private sector.

Tomer Samarkandi, Executive Director of ISEF Israel, thanked Mayor Binamo and the Nesher municipality for their strong partnership and support.  He encouraged the pupils to believe in themselves and to see their ISEF tutors as role models, who have walked the same path toward a bright future.  The mayor and Mr. Samarkandi wished the students success in their journey toward fulfilling their potential and realizing their academic dreams.

Bridge to College

This fund is helping hundreds of at-risk Israeli teens to finish high school and qualify for college.

ISEF pairs each vulnerable teen with an ISEF university student mentor from a similar background. The teens look up to our students--who tutor them in tough subjects, boost their confidence, and show them the way forward to a better future through 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.


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.