A graduate of New York University with a degree in political science and history, financial professional Jay Zises is a cofounder of Esquire Bank. Since 1991, Jay Zises has served as chairman of A Cap Inc, an investment management company based in New York. Mr. Zises also supports charitable organizations such as the American chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF).
Committed to supporting the soldiers who protect the country of Israel and Jews around the world, FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors. Today, the organization offers services and programs to educate and improve the lives of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers and veterans.
The FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program, for example, allows donors to cover tuition and related expenses for former Israeli combat soldiers to attend accredited institutions of higher learning. In return, each recipient pledges to donate 130 hours of service annually to his or her community. Since the program started, it has given more than 7000 scholarships to IDF combat veterans, and the community has benefited from more than 2.5 million service hours.