ISEF scholars at Shamoon College of Engineering
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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.

ISEF in ISRAEL

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENTS!

Check out ISEF-Israel's events paying tribute to four decades of educating youth, transforming lives and securing Israel's future!

40TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT DINNER
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ANNUAL SHABBAT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
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SUCCESS STORIES

MAKING STRIDES IN FAR-RANGING FIELDS

From earning prestigious awards and top appointments, to publishing research, film premiers, and leading international conferences, ISEF scholars and alumni are inspiring the next generation of Israel's leaders. Read More

Archive: ISEF's success stories!

2014 Benefit Dinner

More than 250 guests packed the room at New York’s Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, May 7, to celebrate ISEF’s 37th Anniversary. This year’s event honored three of ISEF’s International Fellows who’ve  completed their studies: Dr. Yafit Lev-Aretz (Law, UPenn), who just received her Ph.D.; Dr. Haim Suchowski (UC Berkeley) who’s joining the faculty at Tel Aviv University; and Dr. Eitan Yaakobi (CalTech), who’s now on the faculty at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. All three gave touching tributes, thanking everyone for helping them  overcome great obstacles and fulfill their life’s dreams.
Guests also heard from Dr. Vered Padler-Karavani , an alumna of ISEF from BA through postdoc who is now a professor with her own lab at Tel Aviv University. Winner of the Marie Curie Grant for her breakthroughs in cancer treatment, Vered is a shining example of ISEF’s global impact. 
The dynamic Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News emceed the event, while our own Jack Gindi led a wonderfully successful live auction. 

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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