ISEF scholars at Shamoon College of Engineering
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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.

Meet Some of International Fellows & Alumni

ISEF International Fellows

Dr. Ariel Goldstein
First-year Postdoc in Neuroscience, Princeton University
Dr. Ariel Goldstein is the oldest of five brothers raised in Or-Yehuda near Tel Aviv. As an ISEF postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience, he will expand his study of cognitive processes and their relationship to psychology and education, as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence.  Among his many achievements, Ariel is particularly proud of Batkol, an educational program he founded to cultivate critical and scientific thinking in high school students.
Dr. Ravit Silverstein
First-year Postdoc in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Ravit Silverstein is highly motivated and dedicated to her work.  One of her goals is to explore suitable materials for storing and transporting hydrogen as a source for renewable and green energy.  She believes that having a postdoctoral position in the United States will allow her to develop innovative research methods and ultimately utilize her talents where they are needed most.  Ravit is the oldest of four children born to a family of new immigrants from Iraq. Her parents completed high school, but always pushed her to pursue a higher education.
Bat-hen Nahmias-Biran
First-year Postdoc in Transportation Engineering, Singapore- MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)

Dr. Bat-hen Nahmias-Biran has been a proud ISEF scholar since 2005.  She served as head of the Microsoft and Preparatory Projects at ISEF’s unit at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, where she earned her B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. At the SMART Program’s Future Mobility Group, Bat-hen trains with a renowned researcher in the transportation field. Her focus is on state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary research in transportation modelling, including the efficacy of autonomous vehicles.  Bat-hen considers this work a major personal milestone, one crucial to her future career as a university researcher in Israel.
Michel Malka
Second-year Medical Student, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
Michel Malka earned his Bachelor’s in Emergency Medicine at Ben-Gurion University, and then worked in the pharmaceutical and medical device divisions at AstraZeneca.  As an independent consultant to pharmaceutical companies, Michel was given a grant by Israel’s chief governmental scientist to develop innovative IV catheters. The patented device prototype is being planned and developed together with a leading Israeli industrial design studio.  Despite a series of personal and family challenges, Michel continues to excel in the second year of his very challenging studies, his first as an ISEF International Fellow, and looks forward to an active medical career.  He is the youngest of four siblings born and raised in Ashdod, a working-class city in southern Israel.

Dr. Inbal Rachmin
Postdoc in Biology, Harvard University
Dr. Inbal Rachmin, whose groundbreaking discovery of protein’s ability to combat heart disease and breast cancer has garnered international acclaim, continues her cutting-edge heart research as an ISEF International Fellow at Harvard University Medical School. Inbal grew up in Jerusalem, one of six children.Inbal Rachmin Award When she was just 16, Inbal lost her mother to breast cancer, which inspired her medical studies. Inbal is pictured here receiving an award of excellence from The Israel Heart Society.

Dr. Eti Ben-Simon
Postdoc in Neuroscience – University of California, Berkeley
at the labAn ISEF scholar since her Master’s and Ph.D. studies at Tel Aviv University, Dr. Eti Ben Simon is now conducting postdoctoral research on how sleep deprivation affects social behavior. Raised in the city of Nesher, a predominantly immigrant community just outside of Haifa, Eti and her three sisters watched as their parents, who never received a high school education, worked hard to provide for their family.

ISEF International Alumni

Dr. Vered Padler-Karavani
The George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Vered Padler-Karavani grew up in the Yemenite immigrant community of Rosh Ayin, in central Israel.  An ISEF scholar during her B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., and Post-Doctoral training, she is a great example of ISEF’s commitment to long-term investment in the development of human intellectual capital.
While an ISEF International Fellow at The Glycobiology Research and Training Center at the University of California, San Diego, she developed technologies and made groundbreaking discoveries in cancer detection and treatment.  Since 2013, Dr. Padler-Karavani has served on the faculty of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Cell Biology and Immunology and established her own research laboratory for Glycoimmunology.  She is one of a few Israeli scientists with formal training in this emerging field.  Dr. Padler-Karavani serves as Chair of ISEF-Israel’s Executive Committee,
It is said that ‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’ (Eleanor Roosevelt), but in reality believing in dreams is not enough to actually make them happen. In my own experience, ISEF’s support gave me the confidence to actually strive forward despite the numerous difficulties along the way and to finally become the strong person I am today.”
Dr. Moshe Elkabets
Shraga Segal Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Ben-Gurion University Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr. Elkabets and his five brothers were born and raised in Ofakim, a development town and historically immigrant community in southern Israel. Their father had immigrated to Israel from Morocco and the family struggled to make ends meet.  Dr. Elkabets’ research as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School focused on identifying novel anti-cancer therapies. After continuing his research as an Associate Scientist at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he returned home in the fall of 2015 to join the faculty of Ben Gurion University, where he runs his own medical laboratory for cancer research.  In early 2017, Dr. Elkabets received the Teva Founders Award. The substantial honor is in addition to the grant he received from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) in October 2016.
“ISEF has wonderful education programs in Ofakim that help in places, where various governments failed to increase the chances of success in Israel’s periphery. ISEF accompanies me in my Postdoctoral research; they know how to identify people who want to succeed and who need some financial help to continue with their studies.”
Professor Yifat Bitton
Striks School of Law, College of Management Academic Studies
Prof. Yifat Bitton has been an active leader with ISEF for more than a decade, including a postdoctoral stint as an ISEF International Fellow at Harvard Law School. Specializing in tort law and anti-discrimination law, Prof. Bitton is the co-founder of Tmura, the Israeli Anti-Discrimination Legal Center.  She has won awards in recent years from Hadassah, the New Israel Fund, and other organizations for her  fierce dedication to achieving equal status for Israeli women and girls from marginalized communities.  In 2016, she was named to the short list of 28 candidates to fill four vacancies in Israel’s High Court of Justice.
” I thank ISEF for the tremendous part they have played in my life’s journey as an academic and activist.”
Dr. Eitan Yaakobi
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Dr. Eitan Yaakobi is an expert in information and coding theory. While an ISEF Ph.D. Fellow, his research in “error correcting coding for flash drives” and “data theory” earned him the 2009 Marconi Society’s Young Scholar Award, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in this field, and the Intel Ph.D. Fellowship Award, respectively.
“The tremendous assistance and support I received from the ISEF family gave me the power and motivation to change my life and to fulfill my dream of becoming a professor at the Technion!  I can only now aspire to be a leader in Israel, to give back, and to help people from all parts of the country to make their dreams come true.”

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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Lily and Edmund Safra

ISEF was founded in 1977 by Edmond J. Safra z"l, Lily Safra and Nina Weiner.

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