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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About Next Generation

The key to ISEF’s continuity is in the hands of our next generation of leaders!
Founded in 1999 as ISEF’s Young Leadership division, Next Generation boasts hundreds of young Jewish professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds, brought together by their shared love of Israel and commitment to ISEF’s mission.
“We are dedicated to bringing a dynamic spirit of unity and a fresh perspective to tackling the educational problems facing Israel today,” says Katrin Yaghoubi Sosnick, founder and former co-Chair of the Young Leadership Division, and currently serves on ISEF’s Board of Directors. “In addition, we offer members great opportunities for social and professional networking.”
Today, ISEF’s Next Generation provides exciting and enriching social programming for Jewish young professionals throughout the NY tri-state area. YP Guys
Our motivated young leaders have gone on to serve on ISEF’s Board of Directors and various committees, pursuing their unique interests within the organization and developing as leaders.
ISEF’s Next Generation hopes to mobilize motivated New York professionals in support of ISEF’s scholarships and education program.
“ISEF upholds our collective commitment to intellectual development and curiosity, which has been one of the primary gifts of the Jewish people,” says Joshua Benaim, Next Generation (below).




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.