The ISEF Family
Cherishes the Life and Memory of

Lily Safra z”l

ISEF Co-Founder and
International Honorary Chairwoman

We are thankful for her 45 years of leadership and personal devotion to our students.


Lily Safra z”l receiving ISEF’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 40th Anniversary, 2017

We mourn the passing of
ISEF Co-Founder and Int’l Honorary Chairwoman

Lily Safra z”l

Her legacy lives on, in the thousands of lives she transformed through ISEF.
May her memory be a blessing,
to Israel and to the world.

Securing Israel's Future by Educating its Youth Today
ISEF Foundation
ISEF's mission

Empower extraordinary young Israelis from underserved backgrounds to reach their highest potential, igniting positive change in Israeli society.

ISEF’s programs develop Israel’s untapped human capital—most from families where no one got beyond high school. ISEF’s wraparound support systems ensure that students get their degrees and become role models for the transformative power of higher education.  

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On June 27, 2022, ISEF’s community came together in person for a heartwarming celebration on a beautiful waterfront terrace. The event raised significant funds to support ISEF’s more than 400 gifted Israeli students.


Because Israel's bright future depends on educating its youth today

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Just the Facts

Over 95% of our students stay in school and graduate thanks to ISEF's award-winning leadership training and support programs
14% of ISEF's scholars hail from Ethiopian communities—far more than their proportion in Israeli society (1.6%) and at the universities (only 0.5%)
Some 60% of ISEF's scholarship recipients are women--many from communities where few women have gotten a higher education.

Since 1977, generous supporters from around the world for ISEF have opened the doors of opportunity for thousands of deserving young Israelis seeking to transform their lives through education.