Aya Shechter was born and raised in Israel and is currently living in New Jersey. She is the New Jersey Regional Director of the Israeli-American Council (IAC) and manages the Israeli Center at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ. Aya is the Co-founder of EMEK, the largest Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture program in NJ. She served as a founding Vice-Chairperson of Moatza Mekomit New York, the Umbrella organization for Israeli leaders in the Tri-state area. Prior to that role, Aya was the Chair and Executive Director of Dor Chadash in NYC, then the largest organization for young Israeli and American Jews looking to create and maintain meaningful connections to Israel through culture, education and social action.
Aya has been involved in many other Israel-related organizations and causes. Through her various lay leadership roles and professional positions in the Israel-related non-profit world, Aya gained the knowledge of the organized Jewish community, as well as the organized and un-organized Israeli initiatives in the Tri-state area. She is the mother of Mylee and Liv and the wife of Israeli-American Jonathan Shechter.