We are continuing to work remotely since the New York office remains closed. The best way to contact us is via email at info@ pefisrael.org

PEF was established in 1922 by Justice Brandeis, Rabbi Stephen Wise, Robert Szold and a group of distinguished Americans to enable the direct distribution of funds to selected and approved charitable organizations in Israel. PEF invites gifts, bequests and contributions for specific purposes and institutions. As specifically requested by contributors, PEF grants (now totaling over $1 billion) have touched almost every facet of Israeli life.

Areas of support include, but are not limited to: primary and secondary education; supporting scientific research; promoting greater tolerance and understanding between religious and secular communities and between Arabs and Jews; the special needs of women, children and families in distress; special education and education for the gifted; veterans programs; drug abuse; promotion of the arts; and relief for the handicapped.

Public Charity

PEF is a tax exempt public charity, not a private foundation, under Code 501(c)(3). Our tax ID number is 13-6104086. To assure optimum effectiveness of our grant-allocating process and a better understanding in Israel of our function and mission, PEF benefits from site visits in Israel by its Trustees. No administrative deduction is made from contributions. Overhead is approximately 2% of grants, and is met by an administrative charge on endowed funds and special contributions for that purpose. No fund-raising organization is maintained or engaged.


All contributions must be in US dollars made payable to “PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Inc.” and may carry a recommendation for the use of the funds. Mininum contribution is $25. Unfortunately, we cannot accept credit card donations.

Recommendations for a registered charity must include BOTH the charity’s full name and their 9-digit Israeli Tax ID number (“amutah number”) in an attached note. You can find currently registered charities and ID numbers here.

To send checks: Checks must be made payable to “PEF Israel Endowment Funds” –no other words may appear on the “Pay to” line. We can receive checks via the US Postal Service regular or Priority Mail and FedEx or UPS, or other courier deliveries only if they DO NOT require a signature. Since our mail is being forwarded you should expect delays in the processing of check donations.

Please mail your check and recommendation (including charity name AND 9-digit Israeli Tax ID# on a separate note) to:

PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Inc.
630 Third Ave, RM 1500
New York NY 10017

Did you know? Most bill pay systems will allow you to make a payment via ACH. Send us an email requesting ACH/wire information. It is MUCH faster and more secure than sending a check.

To send an ACH or wire transfer:  Send us an email at info@ pefisrael.org  All donors sending ACH or wire transfer gifts MUST send us a notification email in order for the gift to be processed.

To send stock: Please email us at info@ pefisrael.org for instructions.


info (at) pefisrael (.) org
Tel 212-599-1260 or Fax 212-599-5981

Geoffrey Stern