INTERNATIONAL SEPHARDIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   31 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 135 W 29TH St Rm 303 New York NY 10001 USA

Mission: EDUCATION
Results: More than 6,000 alumni who have escaped the vicious cycle of poverty and are making positive contributions to Israel’s society and economy
Target demographics: Bright Israelis from needy and immigrant communities in Israel. ISEF targets both college-age beneficiaries through its scholarship and support programs, and schoolchildren through its education projects in the community.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 629 scholarship students
Geographic areas served: Israel

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Rating: 5 stars  

My dream is to become a scholar that can contribute to society in general and Israeli society in particular. ISEF has been helping me to achieve this goal. I would not have been able to pursue doctoral studies at Brandeis University without ISEF’s support. ISEF’s mission to enhance Israel’s well-being is a blessed and important one. It is a mission that I share whole-heartedly.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

both my personal and professional life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it bigger. Good education is crucial for the development of a healthy society. By helping Israeli students gain great education in both Israel and abroad, ISEF does not only contribute to individuals’ success, but it also contributes to Israeli society as a whole.

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Hello, my name is Eytan Damari. I can only try to express my appreciation towards ISEF foundation by words, but I think what and who I am today, will express it far better. I 28 years old, six years ago I started my medical studies, which without the support of ISEF, I wouldn't be able to start nor will I be able to finish them. These day, I am proud to say I have finish my studies and I am now a medical doctor - only due to the support of ISEF along the year. ISEF is more than a simple organization, the people working in ISEF are truly helpful and understand that the whole is composed of individual persons, and so they act and treat accordingly. From all this huge organization, I have been treated like I am the only person there, always checking on you, supporting in ways beyond required. My degree I owe to ISEF.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The personal support, they help students all around the world accomplish their goals

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing at all, only to expand it in order to reach and help as many people as they can

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I am a 5th year student, studying abroad in Hungary. From my own experience with ISEF, ISEF is one of the most supporting non-profit organizations i came upon with. They have been there by my side in every aspect, willing to help in times of need keeping thier door always open for others. THANK YOU ISEF FOR EVERYTHING!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

education level

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their warm support in every field

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

ppl from all around the world, from every kind of field, all so kind and friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

and it would support more student from all around the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Dear all, my name is Liran Odeni. I am 30 yrs old and a 5th year medical student at Semmelweis University in Budapest. Ever since I can remember, I knew I wanted to become a doctor but unfortunately in Israel, the available places at the university are extremely limited to a few students every year. In order to study abroad, each year I had to pay a very high price that my parents couldnt afford themselves. ISEF has been supporting me economically and emotionally all the way from the beginning. Through ISEF, a guy with a very low socioeconomic background will graduate next year who plans to contribute to our society by giving proper and equal medical care to all. Without ISEF, I could not do this and I want to say THANK you all for your contribution and support. Liran Odeni

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nothing to change

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Hi my name is Liran Odeni a 28 years old from israel. Through ISEF I was able to realize my dream. Without ISEF’s support I would not be where I am today; a 3rd year medical student. Who could believe that someone with a lower socioeconomic background would be able to go to Medical School? To show my gratitude to ISEF, once I complete my studies and establish myself as a doctor I intend to help others achieve their dreams as well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my self

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

i couldn't do it better

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great service

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

helps more people

Ways to make it better...

there is no if...they are just perfect

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

helping more student to make their dream come true

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you for the support.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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One of the burning issues in modern Israeli society is the inequality between those that come from strong socioeconomic backgrounds and those that do not. The one indisputable way of closing gaps within a society is to advance and enable equal opportunity for education for young men and women. This is the International Sepharadic Education Foundation's (ISEF) main goal. Furthermore, ISEF is unique in that it enhances equal opportunity throughout all educational levels, from school to post-doctoral training.

Education is the key to Israel's future and supporting ISEF is supporting the age old vision of an enlightened and just modern Israeli society, a beacon onto the nations. ISEF has played a key role for myself and many others in being able to dedicate oneself to learning and research despite the heavy financial burden of paying for tuition and living expenses on one's own.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a doctoral and post-doctoral ISEF fellow

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes needed, great as is.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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My name is Eitan Yaakobi and I have been supported by ISEF for more than 5 years. On top of the financial support which helped me a lot during my studies, ISEF serves as a family for me. The tremendous help I received from ISEF for any tiny problem I had encountered with is hard to describe with just words. On top of everything, I always knew that ISEF believes in me and supports me to achieve my goals and dreams!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all the other ISEF scholars I met and how ISEF affected their life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything

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My name is Tamir Arviv. For me, ISEF is a place of belonging and empowerment. ISEF has supported me for the past 10 years. From my first steps through the gate of Tel Aviv University to my current PhD studies in the University of Toronto.
I am the first in my family to attend University and I can’t imagine going through my studies without the warm support that I have been receiving from ISEF.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Supporting students through their academic career in Israel and abroad.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes.

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My name is Tamir Arviv. For me, ISEF is more than just any other scholarship program – It’s a family – a place of belonging and empowerment. ISEF has supported me for the past 8 years. From my first steps through the gate of Tel Aviv University to my current PhD studies in the University of Toronto. I am the first in my family to attend University and I can’t imagine going through my studies without the warm support that I have been receiving from ISEF.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That it's like a family.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Support more students in Israel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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my name is Hilla Zafrani Werner and i am a medical student in the "La Sapienza" university in Rome, Italy. i am supported by this rare and amazing organization: INTERNATIONAL SEPHARDIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION" and i say rare because this organization taought me how to trust and feel trusted…they taught me what is real generosity…what it truly means to be generous…but generous not only with your money, but also with your time, with your knowledge, with your strength… I learned how this chain (of people) of giving works and what are the amazingly very simple ways to keep it together… to keep it from breaking.. how to make this magical cycle of giving and receiving feed itself in a way that it will never run out of fuel…
other than supporting me in my studies financialy, and helping me feel worthy and believing in me.. which made all the difference.. they have been and are like a family to me.. after all.. isnt everything i wrote above describes what a family is....thank you ISEF!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in the way i lead my life.. my confidence.. my beliefs, and surly, my own studies.. i still get to study thank to this organization.. and not an "organization" as a code word.. but an organization as in the people who run it... the amazing, kind and dedicated people who run it and give it (us) their all!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help make it bigger!! so everyone will hear about it.. and if they are fortunate enough, will get to be touched by it!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

internet search

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

wrote above

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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My name is Moshe Elkabets and I am a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School supported by the INTERNATIONAL SEPHARDIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION-ISEF. My interest in the study of drug discovery and targeted therapy for breast cancer. My long term-goal is to receive the best training possible in order to establish my own laboratory and become a successful and independent researcher in the area of cancer research back in Israel.

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As an ISEF fellow, I can tell that ISEF has a curcial role of my success. I can spend more time for study and to become a researcher. In the future I will pay back to the Israeli sociaty by help to provid a system that will allowed kids an equal opportumnity for sucess. ISEF provid me the tools to think for the best of the Israel, and ISEF social action refelects in every city of Israel.

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My name is Refael, I am a post-doctoral researcher supported by ISEF. ISEF's support is not only in the financial level, but mainly in building the professional network that is so important in the industry and academy. As an ISEF fellow my social commitment had strengthened and I hope to be more involved in the community after finishing my postdoc and returning to Israel

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

supporting me financially during my post-doctoral research. Building a network of researchers with similar background/

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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Hallo, my name is Batel, a veterinary student in Italy and i am a part of the amazing family that is ISEF...family that gave me and so many other the golden opportunity to learn, to grow and to gain tools to make this world better. ISEF gave me hope and showed me how important it is to help and support one another...i can not express in words how great full i am to ISEF.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so worm loving and halping...best pepole ever met

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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