Ambassador Yitzchak Mayer is a unique thinker and respected, Israeli public figure. An educator, diplomat, commentator, and author, he is a man of diverse interests and far-reaching accomplishments.
Ambassador Mayer has been a trailblazer in the field of public education in Israel. For eighteen years, he was Director of the Yemin Orde Youth Village, a home, school, and safe haven for immigrant and at-risk teens, where he developed a pedagogical approach that embraced Jewish tradition, humanism, and the arts. Later, he served in prominent positions within key educational institutions.
Ambassador Mayer began his diplomatic career in 1979 as Israel’s Consul General in Zurich. He went on to serve as Israel’s Consul General in Montreal (1980-1983), Israel’s Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg (1991-1995), and its Ambassador to Switzerland (1997-2000).
Ambassador Mayer is frequently invited by the media to provide commentary on current affairs. He is also sought-after by schools, synagogues, and community centers as an engaging and inspiring public speaker.
An acclaimed author, Ambassador Mayer has published works of fiction and non-fiction, including novels, plays, essays, and poetry. His award-winning, autobiographical novel, Silent Letter has appeared in Hebrew, French, and English editions.
Ambassador Mayer remains tireless in working on the educational, social, and political issues close to his heart. He currently is Senior Advisor to Netanya Academic College’s S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue, and is working to develop Kiryat Yam, Israel as a world chess capital.