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

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About Next Generation

The key to ISEF’s continuity is in the hands of our next generation of leaders!

(back) Fani Vaknin, Jen and Eric Udoff, Miki Vaknin, Pamela and Tomer Bar (seated) Karen and Dr. Moshe Elkabets, Sarah Chopp and Mayer Rosenzweig

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.

Young Leaders Josh and Eva Benaim“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.



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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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.