Israel at 75: Conversation with Ambassador Asaf Zamir- Consul General of Israel in NY

March 21, 2023    
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Ambassador Asaf Zamir

Consul General of Israel in New York

In October 2021, Ambassador Asaf Zamir began his tenure as Consul General of Israel in New York, representing the State of Israel to New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Delaware.

Born in 1980, Ambassador Zamir spent his formative years living with his family in Florida, before returning to Israel to finish his schooling. After graduating from high school, he completed his national service in the Israel Defense Forces, as part of the Central Control Unit in the Israeli Air Force. Upon completion of his national service, Ambassador Zamir began his higher education at Tel Aviv University, where he received a law degree.

In 2008, Ambassador Zamir was elected Deputy Mayor of the Tel Aviv City Council as part of the Rov Hair (majority of the city) party he co-founded. Subsequently, he was re-elected to the Tel Aviv City Council in 2013, where he retained his position as Deputy Mayor and assumed all responsibility for the city’s education system. Throughout his municipal career, Ambassador Zamir promoted and implemented many programs, including those relating to affordable housing, public transportation, education equality, civil rights for minorities and the refugee community, as well as being an advocate for the LGBTQ community in Tel Aviv-Yafo.

During much of his time on the Tel Aviv City Council, Ambassador Zamir also chaired the board of the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, where he was active in supporting literature, music, dance, experimental theater and cinema. In 2011, the Ambassador established the Mitpakdim Movement, aimed at motivating youth to enroll as party members to all political parties in Israel and promoted public awareness towards the importance of political activity among Israeli citizens.

In 2019, Ambassador Zamir entered national Israeli politics. After joining Knesset with the Blue and White party and serving as Minister of Tourism, he shifted to a diplomatic role and was appointed as Consul General of Israel in New York. He has served in that position since October 2021.

Ambassador Zamir is married to actress Maya Wertheimer. Together they have one daughter, Asia.