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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.

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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PAYING IT FORWARD:
NESHER'S MAYOR AVI BINAMO STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF BRIDGE TO COLLEGE PROGRAM TO YOUNG SCHOLARS

Tenth graders and their ISEF tutors kicked off 2017 with their second group workshop of the “Bridge to College Program” at the Nesher Community Center on January 1st.

Special guest, ISEF alumnus and Nesher’s mayor, Avi Binamo, proudly spoke about his ISEF experience and the program’s success. He urged students to maximize the resources given to them.
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MEIRAV BEN-ARI:
INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION

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Adopt a Student

We all get charity mailings that say things like, “$45 will enable a poor family to buy a cow and be self-sufficient.” It makes us realize how little it takes to make a real difference.

But if you’re a lover of Israel, you know that cows aren’t the issue. What can you do for Israel that will maximize the return on your investment?

The answer: Support education. Brainpower is Israel’s greatest natural resource, so improving access to higher education is vital for Israel to be safe and to prosper. Thus, by educating a deserving young Israeli who can’t afford college, you make the wisest possible investment in Israel’s future.

But isn’t it expensive? Israeli universities charge about $2,400 a year – a fraction of U.S. college costs. Yet even this sum is out of reach for underprivileged young Israelis.

So here’s the deal: You can change a life — and help Israel survive and thrive. Adopt an ISEF student, knowing that ISEF’s time-tested support systems and leadership training programs are guiding them towards success.

Cost: about $46 a week, or $200 a month – but because your donation is tax-deductible, it will cost you even less! You could even “set it and forget it” via a recurring monthly charge. You’ll receive regular updates from your student, and if you visit Israel, you can even meet in person.

The return on your “investment” will be priceless: the thanks of a young Israeli whose life you will have transformed – and the knowledge that you are helping to assure Israel’s well-being into the future. Truly, a great deal!

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Call us at 212-683-7772 to make your pledge. You may pay any way you choose – recurring monthly charge, quarterly invoice, or one-time payment.

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Please send your check payable to ISEF, to The ISEF Foundation, 520 Eighth Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Making Headlines

Dr. Liav Orgad Awarded Major Grant for Immigration Study

ISEF graduate, Dr. Liav Orgad, has been awarded a €3.5 million grant to help shape the immigration policy of the European Union.

Dr. Orgad is a Faculty Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Associate Professor of Law at IDC Herzliya. Last fall, he published his first book, "Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of the Rights of the Majority," and was recently inducted into the prestigious International Global Academy.

Original story reported in the Hebrew-language publication, The Marker, December 27, 2016

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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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