A proud ISEF project participant with his science exhibit

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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Planned Giving and Endowment

Planned Giving

You can can help guarantee that your commitment to ISEF’s mission and work extends beyond your lifetime!
Planning your estate offers a wonderful chance to remember the bright but disadvantaged young Israelis whose lives are transformed each year thanks to ISEF.
A charitable bequest to the ISEF Foundation can be as easy as adding this statement to your will:
I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to the Israel Scholarship Education Foundation, currently located at 520 Eighth Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018, (_______ percent of my estate; or the sum of $ _______ ) to be held and administered by the ISEF Foundation Board of Directors for the purpose of supporting ISEF’s deserving scholarship students and programs.
Other estate planning options include donating a life insurance policy to ISEF.  This option enables our supporters to make a more significant contribution to ISEF than would be possible during their lifetime. If  generating a major gift for ISEF from a relatively small financial commitment fits into your plans, you could either gift an existing life insurance policy to ISEF — or consider purchasing a separate new policy with ISEF as the beneficiary.
If you wish to make a planned gift to ISEF, please consult your legal and financial advisors. For more information, please contact Dmitry Shimelfarb, Director of Development, at 212-683-7772.

Named Endowment Fund

ISEF has several named endowment funds whose revenues support both general operating funds, and specific programs run by ISEF.  The minimum donation to establish a named endowment fund, in honor or memory of a loved one or in your own name, is $100,000.  ISEF maintains a special board committee which oversees the investment of the foundation’s endowment funds, and the family making the donation will receive an annual accounting of income and expenditures.

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.


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.