Ambassador Asaf Zamir,
Consul General of Israel in New York
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In October 2021, Ambassador Asaf Zamir was installed as Consul General of Israel in New York, after serving as Minister of Tourism, a member of the Knesset, and Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv responsible for the city’s education system.
Born in Israel but raised in Florida, Ambassador Zamir earned a law degree at Tel Aviv University and was an activist in the struggle for affordable housing, public transportation, education equality and civil rights for minorities and the refugee committee in Tel Aviv/Yafo. In 2019, he entered national politics as part of the Blue and White party and played a key role in the formation of one of the most diverse governments in Israeli history.
Ambassador Zamir also chaired the board of the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts and, in 2011, established the Mitpakdim Movement to motivate young people to become active in all Israeli political parties.
He is married to Maya Wertheimer, an actress, and they have one daughter, Asia
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