The Entomological Society of Israel (ESI) was founded on 20 February 1962 after more than 20 years of ad hoc meetings and discussions of rious entomological issues. The founders included about 80 members, most prominent of them were Yehezkel Rivnay, Chanan Bitinsky-Zaltz, Rachel Galun, Yitzhak Harpaz, Meir Pener and Shoshana Yatom. The Society is active in promoting the various disciplines of arthropod research, ranging from the organism to molecular biology, organizing meetings and granting awards. Members of the ISE meet annually at a Congress for a day or two, where recent achievements both academic and applied are reported and discussed. In addition, during the year the society organizes meetings devoted to special topics. Abstracts of the 18th - 24th presentations were published in Phytoparasitica.
The ESI publishes the periodical (in English), Israel Journal of Entomology.
H. Bytinski-Salz served as its first Editor–in–Chief in 1962. Subsequent editors included: Y. Rivnay, I. Tahori, U. Gerson, Y. Ben Dov and A. Freiberg. This journal publishes peer-reviewed contributions of results of entomological research.
Membership in the Entomological Society of Israelis will be granted to professional and amateur entomologist on recommendation by two members and after payment of a yearly membership fee.