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“Dr. Kadish is being paid a salary of market value in comparison to some of the senior leadership at the respective institutions” in the survey, said Hedy Shulman, Touro’s executive director of communications and marketing.
The second-highest-paid leader in the survey is Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Hier also works for and is compensated by SWC Museum Corp. His total take-home pay in 2010 was $721,714.
But the Hier family makes even more. Marlene Hier, the rabbi’s wife, earned $344,329 as director of membership development, working for both institutions, and his son, Alan D. Hier, earned $187,274 as international director of fundraising and communications for SWC Museum Corp.
And someone at the center received a rather cushy perquisite: “An employee was requested to attend fundraising meetings in Israel associated with the premiere of the center’s new film during the High Holidays and he could not be away from his family during that time,” the public disclosure form read. “The center reimbursed $20,119 for airfare and accommodations for his family.”
Although David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, had taken a pay cut during the financial crisis, he also continued to receive unusual benefits, including first-class airline tickets on flights two hours or shorter, travel costs of family members who accompany him on certain trips and more than $25,000 in reimbursement for property taxes on his home in Westchester County, New York.
The highest-paid woman in the survey is Jennifer Gorovitz, CEO of San Francisco’s Jewish Community Federation. She remains the only woman leading any of the 18 largest federations in the United States. Second in pay among women leaders is Ruth Messinger, president and CEO of American Jewish World Service. Messinger’s salary grew to $276,217 in 2010, a 10.58% increase.
The Forward survey showed that it pays to be a Republican. Matthew Brooks is executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition and also heads up the National Jewish Policy Center; his combined salary is $461,070. That is nearly $300,000 more than the pay earned by his counterpart, David A. Harris, president and CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council, who takes home $171,200 a year.
Devra Ferst and Eileen Reynolds contributed to this story. Additional reporting by Paul Berger, Ezra Glinter, Nate Lavey, Josh Nathan-Kazis and Naomi Zeveloff.