The Entomological Society of Israel (ESI) was founded on 20 February 1962 after more than 20 years of ad hoc meetings and discussions of various entomological issues. The founders included about 80 members, most prominent of them being Yehezkel Rivnay, Chanan Bitinsky-Zaltz, Rachel Galun, Yitzhak Harpaz, Meir Pener and Shoshana Yatom. The Society is active in promoting various disciplines of the arthropod research, ranging from alpha taxonomy 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 in both academic and applied research are reported and discussed. In addition, during the year the society organizes meetings devoted to special topics. Abstracts of the 18-24th presentations were published in Phytoparasitica.
The ESI publishes the Israel Journal of Entomology (in English). H. Bytinski-Salz served as the first Editor-in-Chief of the journal in 1962. Subsequent editors included Y. Rivnay, I. Tahori, U. Gerson, Y. Ben Dov and A. Freidberg. This open access journal publishes peer-reviewed contributions in all areas of entomology, including Uniramia other than insects and non-marine Crustacea and Chelicerata, and has a world-wide scope.
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.