Jay L. Schottenstein (BS '76)
Academy of Alumni Fellows 2007
Jay Schottenstein is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Schottenstein Stores Corporation, Retail Ventures Inc. (Value City Department Stores, DSW, Filene’s Basement), American Signature Inc./Value City Furniture and American Eagle Outfitters.
The son of the late businessman and philanthropist, Jerome M. Schottenstein, Jay is a graduate of Indiana University in Business Administration. He is active in a number of organizations within the community, including, The Columbus Jewish Federation, The Columbus Jewish Foundation, The Jewish Community Center and The United Way. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute Foundation, and a Managing Trustee of The Capital South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation.
Since 1990, he has served as General Chairman for Central Ohio State of Israel Bonds. He also previously served on the State 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 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.
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 the Co-Chairman of the American Board of Trustees for Bar-Ilan University as well as a member of their Global Board. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Orthodox Union and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Orthodox Union’s National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY).
He serves in the position of 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. The "Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud" is now utilized by more than two million people worldwide.
Jay and his wife Jeanie and their sons Joseph (Lindsay), Jonathan, and Jeffrey, along with other family members, are major benefactors to a number of national and international special projects.
They include: 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 for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Prize in Cardiovascular Sciences at The Ohio State University, and the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for the Archeology of Israel in Jerusalem.