Our Impact on Israeli Culture


"I dare say that the world of Israeli culture and, as a result, Israeli society owes a debt of gratitude to the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.” – Yoram Morad, former New York Cultural Attaché in the USA, Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York


  • Over $145m has been disbursed by AICF to Israeli culture since 1939, helping to build nearly all of Israel’s major cultural institutions and providing crucial support to nearly all of Israel’s most renowned artists.
  • In the past five years alone, AICF has awarded over $5 million in scholarships to Israeli students of the arts, supporting the next generation of Israel’s cultural ambassadors, helping more than 6500 young artists.


Since 1939, AICF has played a leading role in the development of Israel’s arts and culture. From early support of nearly all of Israel’s largest institutions, to nourishing its finest artists, the name AICF has become synonymous with culture in Israel.  Please click to read about our Impact on Artists and our Impact on Institutions.

Each year the America-Israel Cultural Foundation evaluates the number of artists who continue advance to the next round of scholarships. We find that those who are awarded our highest level of achievement maintain a 90% participation rate, and over 60% of those named at the encouragement level excel in their discipline within two years. It is impossible for AICF to evaluate immediate impact when our mission is to recognize excellence in emerging talent. However, over our 76-year history, and with nearly 18,000 artists impacted by our efforts, the statistics are nothing short of remarkable.

Every year we concentrate our efforts to understand where our impact is needed most. Primarily we base it on location of the emerging talent and how rapidly the discipline is changing internationally. For example, and very notable, is the growth of the world jazz scene, which 15 years ago had only a handful of Israelis and now involves hundreds.

In terms of giving back, over 90% of the faculty at art schools, conservatories, and educations programs for dance and theater in Israel are AICF alumni. Including, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, the Israel School of Music, and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Outside of Israel, our alumni are among the most sought after teachers in each field throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Teaching at, to name a few, The Juilliard School, Boston University, Parsons The New School of Design, Dresden Academy for Early Music, and The Banff Centre.

AICF alumni are represented in over 45 internationally known ballet and modern dance companies; as scriptwriters, actors, and producers for award-winning television series, blockbuster movies, and indie films; and appear on the most important operatic, theatrical, and symphonic stages in the world.