ISEF’s 39th Anniversary Benefit Dinner
Close to 300 supporters of ISEF’s work to provide higher education to gifted young Israelis from immigrant and underserved communities gathered at New York’s Grand Hyatt on June 7th to celebrate ISEF’s 39th Anniversary. The event, which raised major new funds for ISEF’s scholarship and leadership development programs, honored renowned scientist and philanthropist Dr. Jean de Gunzburg and paid tribute to ISEF Lifetime Achievement Award winners Judy and Norris Wolff.
(L-R) President Nina Weiner, Terry de Gunzburg & Honoree Dr. Jean de Gunzburg, Chairman Carlos Benaim
Dr. de Gunzburg, outgoing Chairman of World ORT, was given ISEF’s International Leadership Award for his dedication to bringing modern technology to underserved schools in Israel’s periphery. He spoke eloquently about the importance of education and about ISEF’s invaluable contributions to Israel and the world.
Honorees Judy and Norris Wolff
Norris and Judy Wolff were honored for their long-standing devotion to championing ISEF’s cause, and for opening their home to dozens of ISEF scholars.
The event also attracted major corporate support, with EY receiving special recognition for its leadership role.
ISEF Chairman Carlos Benaim noted ISEF’s remarkable success in nurturing its students: fully 90-95% graduate, despite underprivileged backgrounds, and 30% continue for advanced degrees. “We are small in size but enormous in impact,” he stated.
ISEF student Yoni Reuven stresses the importance of education for Ethiopian-Israelis
ISEF Alumnus and Board Member Avi Abergel led a successful auction of ISEF scholarships and projects, featuring moving personal stories from ISEF’s brilliant Ph.D. and postdoctoral fellows, now conducting groundbreaking medical and scientific research at top universities in the United States. One student, M.D./Ph.D. candidate Yoni Reuven, flew in from Israel to share his journey, from birth in Ethiopia to pursuing advanced medical training at Ben-Gurion University with ISEF’s support.
The event was emceed by Josh Einiger of ABC-Eyewitness News and included a touching tribute by Treasurer Joseph M. Rose to ISEF’s founding board member Walter H. Weiner z”l who passed away in May.
This truly memorable evening will enable ISEF to support hundreds of bright young students in the coming year, and underwrite a dozen ISEF-sponsored education programs that reach several thousand youngsters across Israel’s most vulnerable communities.
Check out pictures from ISEF’s 39th Anniversary Benefit Dinner: