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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.

ISEF Scholars and Alumni: Making an Impact

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“OUTSTANDING RESEARCHER OF THE YEAR” BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA

ISEF alumna, Dr. Karin Carmit Yefet was chosen from among the entire University of Haifa faculty to receive the prestigious honor of “Outstanding Researcher of the Year.” Dr. Carmit Yefet is Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa. She earned her master’s and doctorate from Yale Law School as a Fulbright-ISEF Fellow.

While at Yale, she specialized in the fields of Constitutional Law, Family Law and Feminist Legal Theory. Among her numerous honors, Dr. Yefet has received the Israeli Bar Association Prize for Distinction in Legal Studies and Social and Legal Activities, as well as the Knesset and Heads of Israeli Universities Award.

DR. MOSHE ELKABETS RECEIVES TEVA FOUNDERS AWARD
ISEF alumnus, Dr. Moshe Elkabets of the Shraga Segal Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, was awarded the 2017 Teva Founders Prize and Research Grant.  Dr. Elkabets runs his own medical laboratory for cancer research at BGU.  Since 1993, the Teva Founders’ Prize has been awarded annually to leading Israeli researchers in the Life Sciences and Biomedical fields, in collaboration with the Israel Academy for Science and Humanities. This prize was established to commemorate Teva’s founders and to express the company’s long-lasting commitment to advancing scientific research in Israel. In 2016, Dr. Elkabets received a grant from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF).

SHELLY ENDAW VANDA EARNS RESEARCH AWARD

ShellyISEF/Hebrew University Ph.D. scholar Shelly Endaw Vanda, received the 2017 Nira Shenhar Prize for Excellence for her research on risk perception and protection of social workers in relation to Ethiopian-Israeli children in distressed communities. Read More

 

 


DR. SHIRIN ELHAIK GOLDMAN HONORED FOR SCIENCE RESEARCH

Dr. Shirin Elhaik Goldman was presented with the Outstanding Scientific Research Award from the Shirin Elhaik GoldmanSociety of Biological Psychiatry, for her study of high-fat diets, the cerebral blood barrier and Alzheimer’s disease. The ISEF alumna is a postdoctoral researcher at The Joseph Sagol Neuroscience Center at Sheba – Tel Ha Shomer Hospital.

BOOK BY DR. NAPHTALY SHEM-TOV IS PUBLISHED

acco-festival2ISEF alumnus, Dr. Naphtaly Shem-Tov’s book, Acco Festival: Between Celebration and Confrontation, chronicles the history of the Acco Festival for Other Israeli Theater from 1980-2012. This well-received work provides an insightful history of a cultural institution, which has brought together acclaimed directors and actors, fringe artists, and local Jewish and Arab residents for more than 40 years. Dr. Shem-Tov is a senior lecturer in the Department of Literature, Language and the Arts at The Open University of Israel.

 

 

DR. LIAV ORGAD, ISEF ALUMNUS, AWARDED €3.5 MILLION GRANT TO HELP SHAPE EUROPEAN UNION IMMIGRATION POLICY
dr-liav-orgadDr. Orgad is a Faculty Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Associate Professor of Law at IDC Herzliya. Last fall, he published his first book, “Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of the Rights of the Majority,” and was recently inducted into the prestigious International Global Academy. Original story reported in the Hebrew-language publication, The Marker, December 27, 2016

 

ISEF FELLOW WINS CARDIAC RESEARCH AWARDBiton3

ISEF International Fellow, Dr. Yitsik Biton, is the recipient of the 2016 Young Investigator Award by the American College of Cardiology for his postdoctoral heart research at the University of Rochester. Yitsik joined Harvard Medical School this fall as a cardiac fellow!

 

 

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.

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