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.

The event honored Board Member and Endowment Committee Chair Robert Y. Shasha, and introduced the Helen and Henry Newman Scholarship Endowment Fund, established by Sylvia and Albert Safer. 


Watch event highlights here!  

ISEF President Carlos Benaim also paid tribute to ISEF Co-Founder Nina A. Weiner for winning the Israel President’s Award for Volunteerism; to the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation for its unwavering leadership support of ISEF; and to ISEF’s Israel Board Chair, Professor Nir Kedar, recently named President of Sapir College in the Negev.

Benaim noted ISEF’s astonishing success with first-generation students — reducing dropout rates in challenging STEM disciplines from near 50% to just 2%!

ISEF’s incredible results over 45 years—transforming the lives of thousands of first-generation Israeli students, making Israel more secure and prosperous—are only possible thanks to the generous support of ISEF’s many friends. Together we share a powerful vision –that expanding access to higher education holds the key to a bright future for Israel.

To learn more about ISEF’s impact, check out our 45th Anniversary video!

Mor Elgarisi, an ISEF Ph.D. candidate at the Technion, told the fascinating story of his rise from development town childhood to pursuing a Ph.D., and making history by devising new technologies tested in space by NASA and Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe!

After almost three years of being kept apart, friends, and family enjoyed coming together in person to celebrate ISEF’s achievements.

We thank our Benefit Dinner Committee!

We appreciate their tireless efforts and commitment to making our 45th Anniversary Celebration so enjoyable and successful.

Darel and Carlos Benaim, co-chairs

Nina Weiner, co-chair

Robert Shasha, co-chair

Olivier Sarfati

Michael Vaknin

Roysi Erbes

Harry Katz

Judy and Norris Wolff

Photos from our 45th Anniversary Celebration Event: