An ISEF scholar coaches a young girl at Beit Dani in Tel Aviv

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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Learning Centers/Yvonne Cohen Book Fund

A young girl studies with the help of ISEF's Yvonne Cohen Book Fund

A young girl encounters the world of  literature thanks to the Yvonne Cohen Book Fund

ISEF’s Learning Centers Project provides about 200 youngsters from underprivileged neighborhoods with one-on-one tutoring and support by ISEF’ s student mentors. ISEF’s undergraduate scholars assist the children with completing homework and preparing for tests.
Thanks to the Yvonne Cohen Book Fund, established in 1992 by ISEF board member Yvonne Cohen, pupils also take part in book clubs that promote a love of reading, and have the opportunity to utilize computer resources that are often not available in their homes.
The ISEF scholars who staff these centers form close personal ties with the children, inspiring them to work hard in school and aim at graduating with a diploma that qualifies them for college admission.
ISEF student mentors a young pupil

An ISEF student mentors two young pupils

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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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.