Leaders of ISEF\'s board meet ISEF Alumni in Israel
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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

ISEF in ISRAEL

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENTS!

Check out ISEF-Israel's events paying tribute to four decades of educating youth, transforming lives and securing Israel's future!

40TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT DINNER
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ANNUAL SHABBAT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
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SUCCESS STORIES

MAKING STRIDES IN FAR-RANGING FIELDS

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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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.

Leadership

INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

International Honorary Chairwoman: Lily Safra
Chairman: Carlos Benaim
President: Nina Weiner
Treasurer and CFO: Harry A. Katz
Secretary: Richard S. Rothberg
Emeritus Chairmen: Sonny Gindi z”l, Norman Belmonte

Avi Abergel Albert Nasser
Norman Belmonte Jacques Nasser
Darel M. Benaim Joseph M. Rose
Yvonne Cohen Judy Rosenberg
David Dangoor Daniel Roubeni
Samuel Elia Robert Shasha
Simon Elias Katrin Yaghoubi Sosnick
Roysi Erbes Michael Vaknin
Yosi Manor Judy Wolff
Ezra Marcos Lior Yahalomi
Josef Najar

BOARD COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Audit Committee: Yosi Manor
Endowment Committee: Robert Shasha
Student Affairs Committee: Dr. Darel M. Benaim
Development Committee: Avi Abergel, Michael Vaknin
Strategic Planning Committee: Michael Vaknin,
Avi Abergel

WOMEN’S DIVISION CHAIRS

Yvonne Cohen, Judy Wolff


PROFESSIONAL STAFF, NEW YORK

Executive Director (Acting): Nancy Wellins
Manager, Business Operations: Anita Schnee
Acting Director, Next Generation &
Student Affairs: Dena Friedman

PROFESSIONAL STAFF, ISRAEL

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Chair: Dr. Vered Padler Karavani

Mr. Guy Busy Mr. Amnon Rimon
Dr. Amir Chenchinski Ms. Orna Sadgat-Erez
Dr. Haim Suchowski Ms. Gadit Sunego-Levin

ACADEMIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Honorary Chair:
Ambassador Gabriela Shalev
Former UN Ambassador; President, Ono College
Chair:
Prof. Amnon Rubenstein
Former Minister of Education; Professor, IDC Herzliya

Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson
President, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Peretz Lavie
President, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology

PROFESSIONAL STAFF, REHOVOT
Executive Director: Tomer Samarkandi
Director, Resource Development:
Galit Caspi-Cohen
Manager of Alumni and Ph.D. Program:
Orit Kakoon Biton

 

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.

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