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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


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 Israel's annual Shabbat Leadership Conference, March 24-25, 2017, welcomed 400 young ISEF scholars along with ISEF alumni for interactive study sessions, relationship-building activities and commemoration of ISEF’s innumerable accomplishments in developing Israel's intellectual capital spanning four decades.




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!

International Fellows

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 25-35 of 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.


ISEF International Fellows shared their inspiring stories at our 39th annual benefit dinner, June 7, 2016


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.