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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Get Involved!

Meet other young Jewish professionals who share your love of Israel, enjoy professional networking opportunities, and take an active role in ISEF’s future. Whatever your interest or skill set, you can help ISEF grow through a wide range of initiatives: plan special events, develop marketing tools, advance ISEF’s visibility on Facebook and Twitter.

Email Adi Helfer at adi@isef.org to learn about the next Next Generation committee meeting in your area.

Connect to ISEF in Israel

If you are planning a trip to Israel, studying abroad on an Israeli campus, or know someone who is, please contact us so that we can coordinate your visit to one of over 30 exciting projects happening in nearly a dozen communities all over Israel. Whether you are staying in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or Haifa – there are ISEF programs for university and college students, children, and youth that you can experience first hand.

Email Adi at adi@isef.org to learn how you can connect with ISEF in Israel and find out about volunteer opportunities during your Israel stay!

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.