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

NINA WEINER’S INSPIRING MEMOIRS BENEFIT ISEF

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.

KNESSET MEMBER MEIRAV BEN-ARI:
INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION

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.

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SUCCESS STORIES

NEW BOOK BY ISEF ALUMNUS, NAPHTALY SHEM-TOV

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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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 more than 600 young Israelis from underserved communities.Two ISEF scholars

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!

SAMPLE SCHOLARSHIP GIFTS

EDMOND J. SAFRA SCHOLARS (IN ISRAEL)

- Undergraduate Scholarship: $2,400/year

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This amount is matched by the Israeli university or college your student attends.

- M.A. and Ph.D. Scholarship: $5,000/year

Help ISEF’s graduates stay competitive in Israel’s knowledge economy, where advanced training is increasingly required in many fields.

INTERNATIONAL FELLOWS (USA/EUROPE)

- Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Fellowship: $10,000/year

Reserved for ISEF’s 30-40 most outstanding scholars and leaders, pursuing top-level training in vital fields of endeavor – including medical research, law, and engineering.

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SAMPLE EDUCATION PROJECT GIFTS

Help ISEF reach out each year to 1,000 underserved children, teens and young adults all over Israel — guiding their steps towards higher education.

- Mechina Project -    $1,500 per mentor
- Bridge to College – $500 per pupil
- High-Tech Education Project – $500 per pupil
- After-School Learning Centers - $250 per pupil
- Yvonne and Barry z”l Cohen Book Fund – $180 per pupil

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GIFTS IN ANY AMOUNT ARE WELCOME!

Please contact Nancy Wellins, ISEF Executive Director (Acting) at 212-683-7772, to talk about other possibilities — including naming opportunities.

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Online Donations

Your online transaction is secure, and ISEF never shares your private information with third parties. To make a contribution online, please click on the Donate button below.

Thank you for your generous contribution.

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 Nancy Wellins, ISEF Executive Director (Acting), at 212-683-7772, for information as to how it can be set up at your company.

ISEF is a participating organization under Jewish Charities of America as part of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

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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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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