Rabbi Levi Shemtov is the Executive Vice President of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) and serves the daily governmental and diplomatic needs of the international Chabad-Lubavitch movement. He maintains close relationships with numerous members of the United States Congress, senior Administration officials and leaders in the international community, including a number of heads of state and government.
Shemtov is the founder and spiritual leader of TheSHUL of the Nation’s Capital. Programs he organizes include the annual lighting ceremony of the National Chanukah Menorah, drawing thousands every year to The Ellipse, across from the White House. In addition, he founded and directs the Capitol Jewish Forum, the largest (apolitical)Jewish group on Capitol Hill. He has overseen the koshering of the White House facilities for the celebration of Chanukah as well as Jewish American Heritage Month in the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and organized the Passover seder at the White House in the administration of Donald J. Trump.