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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


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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International Fellows

The ISEF Foundation is proud to announce our continuing ISEF International Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year
2019-2020 ISEF International Fellows

Dr. Eti Ben Simon, Postdoctoral Candidate in Neuroscience, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Ariel Goldstein, Postdoctoral Candidate in Neuroscience, Princeton University

Dr. Inbal Rachmin, Postdoctoral Candidate in Biology, Harvard University

Shelly Simana, SJD Candidate in Law, Harvard Law School

Dr. Ravit Silverstein, Postdoctoral Candidate in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, University of California, Santa Barbara

Shiran Vaknin-Froymovich, PhD Candidate in Accounting, Duke University

Dr. Yaniv Romano, Postdoctoral Candidate in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

Liran Rozenfeld, Medical Student, St. George’s University of London Medical Program

Dr. Meital Talia Schwartz Tayri, Postdoctoral Candidate in Social Work, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Shlomo Mehari, Postdoctoral Candidate in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Santa Barbara


2019-2020 ISEF International Medical Fellows

Dr. Alexey Zendel, Postdoctoral Candidate in Transplant Surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center

Michel Malka, Medical Student, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland

Nofar Edri, Medical Student, Medical University of SIlesia, School of Medicine, Poland


For many Israeli students, the dream of being accepted into most prestigious institutions in the world can often pose great financial and personal obstacles. ISEF ‘s commitment to helping its scholars realize their fullest potential means that we support every step of their academic journeys.
Each year, ISEF sponsors its most outstanding scholars for advanced training at top universities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. ISEF also sponsors medical training outside Israel, to address Israel’s shortage of physicians.
Enrolled in doctoral and postdoctoral programs at top universities such as Harvard, Stanford, California Institute of Technology, Columbia, and Cambridge (U.K.), ISEF’s International Fellows are conducting groundbreaking research in computer technology, public policy, law, and science. Their cutting-edge work in the study and treatment of cancer, HIV, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease reflects the incredible impact that ISEF’s gift of education can have on Israel and the world.



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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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.


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.