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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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Bridge to College Program

Through ISEF’s Bridge to College Program, our scholars are trained in leadership, serving as mentors, tutors and role models for young Israelis in their home communities.  The program targets more than 400 high schoolers in distressed areas of Israel, 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.

The personal involvement of an ISEF student mentor has a powerful impact on her pupil.

The personal involvement of an ISEF student mentor has a powerful impact on her pupil.

The Bridge to College Program offers students a group social program that includes values clarification workshops and field trips.  Our dedicated B.A. scholars not only provide academic support; they serve as personal guides, modeling academic success despite adversity, introducing the teens to life on campus, and becoming trusted confidants.

Nearly half the teens live in the  Negev communities of Beer Sheva, Sderot, Ashdod, and Ofakim. They are especially vulnerable, suffering both rocket attacks from Gaza, and inadequate educational and public resources that might enable them to break out of poverty.

ISEF’s projects really make a difference in these young lives!

Below: Photos from the fall 2016 opening ceremony of ISEF’s Bridge to College Program in Nesher, Israel

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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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