An ISEF scholar mentors a youngster who hopes to go to college
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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

HONORARY PhD FOR LILY SAFRA

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."

SUCCESS STORIES

MAKING STRIDES IN FAR-RANGING FIELDS

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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What Your Gift Supports

Our students need you!

Your support is what enables ISEF to fulfill its mission and help build a better Israel, by opening the doors of higher education each year for bright young Israelis from underserved communities.
Your generosity has a real impact, not only on their lives, but on their family, friends, and community, and on the many hundreds of disadvantaged schoolchildren and discharged soldiers enrolled in ISEF’s education projects.
Gifts in any amount are welcome — and vital to our work!

ISEF’s 400-plus scholars gather each spring for the National ISEF Student Convention

DESIGNATED GIFTS FOR EDMOND J. SAFRA SCHOLARS (ISRAEL) 

– Medical/Science Research Fellowships: $5,000

Dr. Moshe Elkabets earned all his degrees (B.Sc. to postdoc) as an ISEF Scholar. Now he’s doing groundbreaking research in cancer treatments at Ben Gurion University.

 

 – IDF Soldier Scholarships: $2,500

ISEF scholars continue to serve their country in reserve duty and in emergencies

 

– Laptops for Scholars: $1,000

An ISEF engineering degree candidate is thrilled with his new laptop


– ISEF Scholars Emergency Fund: $500

Medical or family emergencies-a dorm fire – no matter what happens – ISEF is there!

 – Mentor At-Risk Youth: Benardete Bridge to College Fund: $250

An ISEF university scholar (right) mentors an at-risk teen in the Benardete Fund-ISEF Bridge to College Project in Nesher

 – Help Children Love Reading: Yvonne Cohen Book Fund: $180

ISEF student mentors a young pupil

An ISEF student (center) inspires schoolchildren to love books

– INTERNATIONAL PHD AND POSTDOC FELLOWS (USA/Europe):$10,000

ISEF’s top scholars and leaders pursue advanced training in biomedical sciences, law, engineering at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and other international institutions.

ISEF Int’l Fellow Dr. Haim Suchowski now leads his own physics lab at Tel Aviv University

GIFTS IN ANY AMOUNT ARE WELCOME!
Please contact Dmitry Shimelfarb, ISEF Executive Director, at 212-683-7772, to talk about other possibilities — including naming opportunities.
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Matching Gifts

Many businesses match contributions made by their employees and spouses.  Help double or triple the impact of your gift on ISEF’s deserving students by asking your employer to match your contribution.  If your company doesn’t already have a matching donation program, please contact Dmitry Shimelfarb, ISEF Executive Director, at 212-683-7772, for information as to how it can be set up at your company.

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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Student Testimonials

ISEF Alum & Nesher Mayor Speaks at Bridge to College Fund Event

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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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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.
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