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Jay M. Shultz is the President of the Am Yisrael Foundation and self-proclaimed “Struggling Philanthropist”, founding multiple nonprofit organizations in both the US & Israel that champion the young pioneers of “Observant Zionism”. Jay, born on September 4th, 1976 and raised in Fair Lawn, NJ, graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in art history, focusing on archaeology, which was supplemented at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During school, Jay spent time interning for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Israeli Antiquities Authority, and Albright Institute of Archaeology, including a summer volunteering on Tel Nof Air Force Base with the IDF. Upon graduation, Jay entered Fordham University School of Law, graduating as the President of the Student Body. After obtaining his J.D. and New York State Bar admittance, he worked in entertainment and intellectual property litigation.


Jay is a member of board of The American Zionist Movement, a representative for the World Jewish Congress on Jewish-Christian relations and at the Muslim-Jewish Conference, a diplomat for the Jewish Diplomatic Corps, a Nahum Goldmann Fellow, a Nexus global member, a member of the ROI Community, a Fellow of the Tikvah Advanced Institute, Global Jewry Advisory Board Member, and recipient of the WeWork Creator Award. Jay moved up to Israel in 2006 from New York City and currently resides in Tel Aviv with his wife Rachelle, son Wolf, and daughter Rae. He is founder of TLV Internationals, White City Shabbat, Adopt-A-Safta, Tel Aviv Arts Council, ProjecT.A., Tel Aviv International Salon, Curio Auctions, and Israel’s newest national holiday, Yom HaAliyah. In 2014, Jay officially set the Guinness Record for the World’s Largest Shabbat Dinner, proclaiming it’s host city, Tel Aviv Ir HaKodesh. He plays piano and is an avid collector of art, antiques, Judaica, and antiquities.



Ministry of Aliyah, Yom HaAliyah & Jay Shultz, 2018, letter

World Zionist Organization & Jewish Agency, Yom HaAliyah & Jay Shultz, 2021, letter


Jewish Press, Jay Shultz President of the Am Yisrael Foundation, by Shmuel Sackett, 2018 full article

Israel 21C,  Jay Shultz, The Mayor of International Tel Aviv, by Viva Press, 2013 full article

Jerusalem Post, Jay Shultz Launches Am Yisrael Foundation, by Benji Rosen, 2013 full article

Arutz Sheva, Yom HaAliyah the New Holiday, by Yoni Kempinski, 2016 full article & video

J-Wire, Jay Shultz & Israel’s Newest Holiday, Yom HaAliyah, 2016 full article

United With Israel, Faces Of Israel: Jay Shultz, by Atara Beck, 2013 full article

Jerusalem Post, Curio Auctions, Am Yisrael Foundation & Nonprofits, by Rivkah Adler, 2020 full article

Tablet Magazine, Tel Aviv Synagogue That Never Grows Old, by Ariane Mandell, 2016 full article

Jerusalem Post, Jay Shultz: No Armchair Politician, by Niv Elis, 2012 full article

Breaking Israel News, Am Yisrael Foundation Massive Shabbat Dinner, by Eliana Rudee, 2018 full article

Jewish Standard, Jay Shultz & Zionism, 2012 full article

NBC World News, Adopt-A-Safta, by Paul Goldman, 2013 full article

Times Of Israel, Jay Shultz Founder of Am Yisrael Foundation, by Debra Kamin, 2013 full article

i24 News, Jay Shultz receives Creator Award for Adopt-A-Safta, 2017 watch video

ILTV, Jay Shultz lobbies for Yom HaAliyah, 2016 watch video

Breaking Israel News, Jay Shultz proclaims Tel Aviv Ir HaKodesh by Eliyahu Berkowitz, 2018 full article

B’Yachad, Jay Shultz Founder of JNFuture Israel, 2016 full article

IBA News, Jay Shultz Founder of Adopt-A-Safta, by Arieh O’Sullivan, 2016 watch video

Arutz Sheva, Am Yisrael Foundation & Jewish Life in Tel Aviv by Raphael Poch, 2015 full article

Sunday Times, Anglo Vote Key for Israeli Elections by Clara Meers, 2015 full article

Wall Street Journal, High Tech & Expats in Tel Aviv by Sarah Toth Stub, 2015 full article

Breitbart, Jay Shultz Bringing Torah to Tel Aviv by Deborah Danan, 2015 full article

Jewish Tribune, Jay Shultz helping Israel’s lonely Shoah Survivors, Atara Beck, 2012 full article

Jewish Journal, Jay Shultz Modeling Volunteerism as an Observant Zionist, by Orit Arfa, 2014 full article

Haaretz, Olim & Israeli Politics with Dov Lipman, Michael Oren & Jay Shultz, by Judy Maltz, 2014 full article

Arutz Sheva, Jay Shultz introduces Yom HaAliyah bill, 2014 full article

Jerusalem Post, Jay Shultz submits Knesset bill for new national holiday “Yom HaAliyah”, 2014 full article

YNET, Jay Shultz supports the Yom HaAliyah holiday,  watch video

Voice Of Israel, Jay Shultz on Tel Aviv as the Lighthouse for the Jewish People, 2014 listen to interview

Megafon (Hebrew), Jay Shultz & The Tel Aviv Arts Council by Effi Elisie, 2013 full article

Jewish Standard, Jay Shultz, Unsung Hero of Israel, by Abigail Leichman, 2013 full article

Haaretz, “Jay Shultz: The ‘Other Mayor’ of Tel Aviv” by Dana Harman, 2012 full article

Times of Israel, Jay Shultz & Tel Aviv the Response to Pew by Orit Arfa, 2013 full article

Jewish News, The Accomplished Jay M. Shultz, 2014 full article

Jweekly, Jay Shultz Builds Community in Tel Aviv by Viva Sarah Press, 2013 full article

Your Middle East, Jay Shultz: Founder of the Tel Aviv Arts Council, 2013 full article

YNET, New young synagogue Jay founded in Tel Aviv, 2011 watch video

Artuz Sheva, Largest Shabbat Dinner Ever Host 2226, 2014 full article

NRG (Hebrew), Biggest Shabbat Dinner In The World, 2014 full article

Jewish Standard, Jay Shultz sets the Guinness Record for Largest Shabbat, 2014 full article

NY Blueprint,  Jay Shultz & Guinness Record for Largest Shabbat, 2014 full article

Jewcy, Jay Shultz & World’s Largest Shabbat Dinner, 2014 full article

Huffington Post, Jay Shultz at the Muslim-Jewish Conference, 2013 full article

Jerusalem Post, Jay’s work with inter-religious diplomatic relations, 2012 full article

Jerusalem Post, Jay Shultz, Founder of Join The IDF”, 2010 full article

JSpace, Jay Shultz: Mayor of International Tel Aviv, 2012 full article

HRus, צייד הראשים היהודי, 2012 full article

Jay M. Shultz
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