Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients – Jay L. Schottenstein

 

Jay L. Schottenstein

Jay Schottenstein is Chairman of the Board of Schottenstein Stores Corporation, Designer Brands (NYSE: DBI) and its predecessor Designer Shoe Warehouse (NYSE: DSW), American Signature Inc./Value City Furniture, Schottenstein Property Group, SB360 Capital Partners, Second Ave Partners, Mayacamas Vineyards, Retail Entertainment Design, Equiant Financial Services and American Eagle Outfitters, Inc (NYSE: AEO), where he also serves as CEO.

The son of the late businessman and philanthropist Jerome M. Schottenstein, Jay is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Accounting.  He is an active member of organizations within the community, including the Columbus Partnership, the Columbus Jewish Federation, the Columbus Jewish Foundation, and the Jewish Community Center.  He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Foundation, the Columbus Partnership and a Managing Trustee of the Capital South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation.

Since 1990, Jay has served as General Chairman for Central Ohio State of Israel Bonds.  He also previously served on the State of Israel Bond’s National Board of Directors, has served as National Chairman of their Platinum Society and was awarded the “Israel Peace Medal.”

At the forefront of Jay’s many interests is his deep commitment to Jewish education.  As such, he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Torah Academy, Chairman of the Congregation Torat Emet/Main Street Synagogue and Chairman of the Board of the Schottenstein Chabad House on the campus of the Ohio State University, where he is also a lifetime member of the President’s Club of The Ohio State University, and a member of the Oval Society- President’s Circle, and a founder and Chairman of the Columbus Community Kollel.

Nationally, Jay is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yeshiva College at Yeshiva University in New York City and also serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Yeshiva University.  He is past Co-Chairman of the American Board of Trustees for Bar-Ilan University; past Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Orthodox Union; and has served on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY).

Jay serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Mesorah Heritage Foundation, a not-for-profit trust engaged in the translation and international distribution of the world’s great Judaic literary works, including the monumental task of translating and elucidating in English, Hebrew and French, the 73 volumes of the Talmud Bavli, as well as the 44 volumes of the Talmud Yerushalmi.  The “Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud” is now utilized by more than three million people worldwide.

Jay and his wife Jeanie, and their sons Joseph (Lindsay), Jonathan (Nicole), and Jeffrey, along with other family members, are major benefactors to a number of local, national and international special projects.

They include: the Schottenstein Theatre at Bexley High School, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation with the endowment of the Jerome and Saul Schottenstein Hasmonean Water Tunnels in Jerusalem; the Jerome Schottenstein Cellscan Center for the Early Detection of Cancer located in Bar Ilan University in Jerusalem; The Jerome Schottenstein Flights to Health and Freedom offered by Chabad’s  Children of Chernobyl; the Jerome and Saul Schottenstein Family endowment of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.; the Aish Hatorah World Centre in Jerusalem; the Jerome Schottenstein Center/Value City Arena at The Ohio State University; The Schottenstein Family Cancer Research Laboratories, which are part of the prestigious Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute on the campus of The Ohio State University; the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University, the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva University; the Schottenstein/Jesselson Curatorship and Schottenstein/Jesselson Library at the Center of Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Prize in Cardiovascular Sciences at The Ohio State University; the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for Archaeology of Israel in Jerusalem; and the Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women in Jerusalem and the new Schottenstein Institute for Behavioral Health at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida.