The Edmond J. Safra-funded ISEF Foundation celebrated 35 years Wednesday night
by honoring 10 outstanding individuals for their personal achievements and
professional contributions to Israeli society in the fields of medicine,
science, business and hi-tech.
Those who were awarded the prestigious
International Sephardic Education Foundation prize include businessmen Eyal
Edrei and Eli Elezra, who used their success to invest in community
Dr. Osnat Akirav and Beersheba Labor Court Judge Yosef Yosefi
were recognized for their volunteer work.
Also honored were Dr. Adi Kol,
for creating a higher education program for underprivileged populations, and
Avi Levi, president of the Hemdat Hadarom Academic College, Dr. Eve
Biton, for her work in the medical field, Prof. Yehuda Hadad, president of the
Sami Shamoon Academic College of Engineering, Dr. Meir Buzaglo for his work with
the Tikun social movement, and Dr. Miriam Biton from Bar-Ilan
University’s Faculty of Law.
The honorees were inducted into the Edmond
J. Safra Honorary Society of ISEF Alumni during a ceremony in Tel
Speaking at the event, Lily Safra, chairwoman of the Edmond J.
Safra Foundation and honorary chairwoman of ISEF, said: “ISEF scholars are the
very best that Israel has to offer, and it is a privilege to be able to support
She added: “Over 35 years I have watched in admiration as so many
talented young men and women have reached the height of their chosen fields,
embodying my husband Edmond’s values: Hard work, professional integrity and a
duty to help others.”
The ISEF Foundation has bestowed thousands of
academic scholarships to gifted youth from some of the country’s most
disadvantaged communities, including those of Sephardic descent, third-and
fourth-generation Israelis, Russian and Ethiopian immigrants and the Druse
population. Some 700 students studying at 20 campuses countrywide currently
benefit from the grants.