ISEF scholars form friendships that last a lifetime.

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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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!



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.


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

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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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.