ISEF scholars at Shamoon College of Engineering

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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Science Builds the Nation

“Science Builds the Nation” is ISEF’s ground-breaking partnership with Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office.

Israel’s achievements in high-tech have made headlines and friends for Israel around the globe.  But to sustain its leadership, Israel must educate many more engineers and scientists for the future! 
The Prime Minister’s Office chose ISEF to lead its initiative to expand STEM degrees among young Israelis from the periphery, where few get to college. The Prime Minister chose ISEF for its outstanding record: over 95% of our students stay the course and get their degrees.
“Science Builds the Nation” is enrolling 120 aspiring new scientists and engineers, from families where no one ever went to college. Next year we’ll reach close to 200! 
This program is on track to have a double impact – boosting Israel’s high-tech sector while inspiring youth in  marginalized communities where college seems a distant dream. 


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.