ISEF scholars at Shamoon College of Engineering

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 Co-Founder and Honorary Chair Lily Safra received an honorary doctorate from the Technion in 2018 "for her outstanding support of the ISEF program that helped thousands of students throughout Israel, including hundreds within the Technion."



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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What’s Happening

With an exciting calendar of educational and social events, our Next Generation of young leadership supports ISEF’s mission for strengthening the State of Israel through academic opportunities. Join our upcoming events throughout the year including our annual Benefit Dinner and Next Generation After Party for our Jewish young professionals!


ISEF Kicks Off “ATID” Next Generation Leadership Program

In November 2013, a select group of nine Jewish young professionals embarked on an exciting 6-month leadership development program. Our participants are learning about The ISEF Foundation’s history, extensive network of scholarship support and incredible youth programs throughout Israel’s peripheral and disadvantaged communities. We are thrilled to see ISEF’s young ambassadors-in-training so inspired by their meetings with board members and scholars, as they learn more about what makes ISEF such a unique and impactful organization.

A Midsummer Starry Night Launches ISEF’s Next Generation

More than 100 Jewish young professionals came out for ISEF’s sizzling summer rooftop event on July 17th, hosted by Mike Maltz and Josh Michelman of Coalesse and Empire Office, Inc. Friends, old and new, enjoyed sushi and wine in the beautiful Steelcase building showroom, overlooking breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle. ISEF International Fellow Dr. Moshe Elkabets spoke about his incredible journey from the development town of Ofakim in southern Israel to becoming an Associate Scientist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center here in New York City. This was a truly inspiring evening and one to remember!

ISEF Benefit Dinner Brings Together Young Leaders

ISEF Young Leaders Celebrate Milestone Anniversary

More than 150 young professionals came together on May 2nd at The Rose Club of The Plaza Hotel in New York City, to celebrate a momentous occasion, ISEF’s 35th Anniversary. This was “A Night At The Plaza” we won’t soon forget!


Over 100 young Jewish professionals came together at Bar29 in NYC to celebrate ISEF and raise scholarship funds for Israel’s combat soldiers!

International Fellows Cocktail Reception November 6, 2011

ISEF’s annual International Fellows Seminar brought together 13 of our phenomenal doctoral and postdoctoral students from top universities all over the United States and Canada. Our Cocktail Reception following the seminar brought together ISEF’s Young Leaders and Fellows for a remarkable evening, featuring acclaimed author Andre Aciman.

3rd Annual Sukkot Benefit October 18, 2011

This year, ISEF held its Sukkot celebration at the Upper East Side home of Emma and Samy Mahfar. A lively evening filled with good food and good friends also featured an intriguing discussion about the current state of the Middle East, led by award winning investigative journalist Joel Mowbray.

Michael Edery Art Exhibit at the Manex Showroom September 8, 2011

French-Jewish contemporary artist Michael Edery made his NY debut at the Manex Showroom in Chelsea to friends, family, and ISEF’s Young Leaders.

Midsummer Night Drinks August 17, 2011

More than 80 Young Professionals came out to celebrate ISEF, meet some of our International Fellows, and learn more about exciting new opportunities to support higher education in Israel.

Bridge to College

This fund is helping hundreds of at-risk Israeli teens to finish high school and qualify for college.

ISEF pairs each vulnerable teen with an ISEF university student mentor from a similar background. The teens look up to our students--who tutor them in tough subjects, boost their confidence, and show them the way forward to a better future through 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.


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.