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Jay Shofet

Director, Partnerships and Development, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel

Travels from Tel Aviv, New York

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability or contact the speaker directly.


Environmental and Sustainability Issues, Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs, Inside Israel and US Government, JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel, Media and Current Events


Jay Shofet has served, since September 2014, as the Director of the Partnerships and Development Department of the Society of the Protection of Nature in Israel. Jay previously served as the Director of The Green Environment Fund, from 2011 until its closure in 2014.; the Green Environment Fund was a leading philanthropic partnership which supported the environmental movement in Israel for 15 years. Previously, Jay served in Shatil (2006 -2011) as Director of Resource Development Consultation, responsible for a national team of consultants who provided training and support for NGOs in fundraising and income-generation, as well as Director of the Religious Pluralism project, working on religion/state issues and to advance religious pluralism. Prior to that, Jay worked for the Jewish Agency for Israel in Jerusalem, in the Immigration, and Budget and Planning Divisions, and 2001 - 2006 as the founding director of the Agency's People-to-People Center.

A resident of south Tel Aviv, Jay grew up in upstate New York, and moved to Israel in 1986. He holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and an MA in Political Science from New York University. He was for 6 years a member of the Executive of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, served on the boards of Green Course (Megama Yeruka) and Merhav – The Movement for Israeli Urbanism, and was Chairman of the Progressive Jewish Community in Modiin. Jay served in the IDF in the Military Police, and in the Civil Guard. Jay is father to Shani, 25 a social worker currently volunteering in Nepal, and Nadav, 21, an intelligence officer in the IDF.

Jay is an accomplished public speaker and writer who has addressed conferences and groups throughout North American and Israel. His topics include environmental and sustainability challenges facing Israel, the history and present state of Israel's environmental movement, and Israel's ecological innovation sphere: "Where Start-Up Nation Meets the Green Revolution: How Israeli Eco-Innovation is Advancing Sustainability World-Wide". In addition to his expertise on environmental issues, and the environmental movement in Israel, Jay speaks about civil society in Israel more broadly, and specifically issues of religion and state, and religious pluralism.

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Popular Speeches:

Where Start-Up Nation meets the Green Revolution:
How Israeli Eco-Innovation is Greening Israel and the Planet

The Top five Environmental Challenges for the New Israeli Goverment

The History of Israeli Environmentalism: from Knowing the Land, to a couple of American immigrants and environmental visionaries, to sustainability

Sustainable Urbanism: The secret to preserving Israeli wilderness

Tiny Israel, World Bio-Diversity Hot-Spot


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