ISEF scholars at Shamoon College of Engineering
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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

NINA WEINER’S INSPIRING MEMOIRS BENEFIT ISEF

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 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

From receiving prestigious awards and top appointments, to heading international conferences and publishing vital research, ISEF alumni are inspiring the next generation of Israel's leaders. Read More

Archive: ISEF's success stories!

The Sami Michael Prize

ISEF doctoral student Shula Molla and ISEF alumnus Yoav Lalom were awarded the first annual Sami Michael Prize for individuals whose work promotes an egalitarian and just society in Israel.

Shula Molla (top, left), a Jerusalem educator who chairs the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jewry, was recognized for her work to combat discrimination against the Ethiopian community, and for her leadership and service as a role model, particularly for the younger generation.

Award judges noted that Yoav Lalom (bottom, right), was honored for his “unswerving commitment and courage in his struggle to eradicate discrimination in the Haredi educational system on ethnic grounds, and to ensure full implementation of the principle of equality in Israel’s educational system.”

The Prize was awarded by the Sami Michael Foundation at a ceremony Haifa, in the presence of Sami Michael (top, right) and Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav.

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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