Salaries of U.S. Jewish Communal Leaders

Searchable Chart Shows Most and Least Highly Paid Leaders

Published December 09, 2011, issue of December 16, 2011.

The Forward’s annual salary survey covered 76 national Jewish organizations. The following is a searchable chart of the organizations and their leaders.

Men are indicated in black, women in blue. Individual salaries and organizational expenses are indicated in dollars. Benefits are not included.

2010 Total
Yeshiva University752,220,5096316Richard Joel, President853,651848,176-0.64
Simon Wiesenthal Center27,248,222125Marvin Hier, Founder & Dean739,544 1721,714 1-2.41
Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland59,994,102235Stephen Hoffman, President640,295 5644,518 60.65
Jewish Federations of North America41,858,650211Jerry Silverman, President & CEO569,752 7625,000 109.69
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)53,551,524427Abraham Foxman, National Director567,176621,4709.57
Brandeis University347,376,0934974Frederick Lawrence, President523,546 7588,809 712.46
Touro College191,387,1563950Alan Kadish, President & CEO435,844 7547,51425.62
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee247,375,569 4144 4 13Steven Schwager, CEO & Executive VP544,266541,626-0.48
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore63,698,000145Marc Terrill, President487,887477,859-2.05
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago154,275,896 6376Steven Nasatir, President477,783 5477,783 60
American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)64,397,446341Howard Kohr, Executive Director450,000472,5005
UJA-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York218,276,000531John Ruskay, Executive VP & CEO466,000462,000-0.85
Republican Jewish Coalition2,858,109 421Matthew Brooks, Executive Director461,070461,0700
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia37,176,576131Ira Schwartz, CEO472,181457,784-3.04
Jewish Community Centers Association of North America11,967,53667Allan Finkelstein, President & CEO457,356456,0140.29
American Jewish Committee (AJC)40,906,290284David Harris, Executive Director433,067440,4291.69
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County16,588,67596William Bernstein, President & CEO 11455,468419,899-7.80
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington30,991,34995Steve Rakitt, CEO434,423 7401,044 7-7.68
Foundation for Jewish Camp18,130,52333Jeremy Fingerman, CEO348,718 7 8400,833 814.94
Conf. of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations2,152,7872Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman394,356397,3630.76
Hadassah36,678,312 4371 4Rick Annis, CFO355,128 3395,674 411.41
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston100,295,525143Barry Shrage, President433,301385,072-11.13
Jewish National Fund36,961,1130 12Russell Robinson, CEO382,228375,147-1.85
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County25,357,794104Jeffrey Klein, CEO372,858364,772-2.16
Zionist Organization of America3,823,126 3N/AMorton Klein, National President361,667 2363,462 30.49
Birthright Israel Foundation71,606,65828 4Robert Aronson, President279,266353,17326.46
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life25,459,9621599Wayne Firestone, President339,882347,2962.18
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles56,374,884 4185 4Jay Sanderson, President404,106 7346,500-14.25
B’nai B’rith International17,351,680249Daniel Mariaschin, Executive VP324,795329,1381.33
Greater Miami Jewish Federation34,268,066101Jacob Solomon, President & CEO313,812318,0631.35
United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey27,610,033157Max Kleinman, Executive VP318,336 7314,520 7-1.19
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta30,970,74158Michael Horowitz, President & CEO309,316307,050-0.73
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco89,785,231140Jennifer Gorovitz, CEO305,000305,0000
CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)3,366,560 318 3Brad Hirschfield, Co-president282,392 3282,3920
United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh19,580,54765Jeffrey Finkelstein, President272,666277,6431.82
American Jewish World Service43,384,378213Ruth Messinger, President & CEO249,774276,21710.58
Jewish Federation of St. Louis17,840,567 458 4Barry Rosenberg, President & CEO258,818 3272,867 45.42
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society24,830,549 491Gideon Aronoff, President & CEO260,000 3260,000 40
CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)3,366,560 318 3Irwin Kula, Co-president261,892 3259,1421.05
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit44,101,798116Scott Kaufman, CEO243,800 5250,000 62.54
Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey12,370,68088Jason Shames, CEO & Executive VP274,117 7248,400 7-9.38
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs3,428,460 620 4Thomas Neumann, Executive Director219,042230,000 65
National Council of Jewish Women3,614,15332Nancy Kaufman, CEO175,246 5 7228,000 630.1
ORT America17,033,723 4105 4Alan Klugman, National Executive Director220,000220,000 40
The Israel Project6,169,19129Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Founder & President200,000220,00010
Forward Association8,285,86650Samuel Norich, Publisher & Executive Director213,218207,975-2.45
JESNA (Jewish Education Service of North America)3,595,43841 4Donald Sylvan, President200,488204,7502.12
Americans for Peace Now1,869,1227 4Debra DeLee, President & CEO202,501202,000-.24
J Street1,900,000 47 4Jeremy Ben-Ami, President200,225 5200,2250
National Conference on Soviet Jewry854,185 45 4Mark Levin, Executive Director191,558 3194,411 41.48
Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring2,612,09038 4Ann Toback, Executive Director170,000 5185,700 69.23
Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies792,5498 4Lee Sherman, President & CEO160,000 8184,16715.1
Jewish Council for Public Affairs2,731,70727Steve Gutow, President & CEO178,214182,4752.39
Jewish Funds for Justice (JFJ)6,469,197 471 4Simon Greer, President & CEO180,500180,500 40
Foundation for Jewish Culture2,633,519 414 4Elise Bernhardt, President & CEO175,000175,000 40
National Jewish Democratic Council1,232,051 410 4David A. Harris, President & CEO171,200 5171,200 60
Center for Jewish History6,796,20370 4Michael Glickman, COO135,000143,3606.19
Jewish Telegraphic Agency2,264,25819 4Ami Eden, Executive Editor152,250 37140,000 6-7.78
Agudath Israel of America12,190,886355David Zwiebel, Executive VP130,837135,2363.36
American Jewish University25,212,057740Robert Wexler, President126,798118,898-6.23
Hazon1,969,12225 4Nigel Savage, Executive Director111,100111,1000
American Zionist Movement914,269 46 4Karen Rubinstein, Executive Director102,276107,1704.78
AmeinuN/A 9N/AHiam Simon, National Director90,000 590,000 60
Jewish Labor Committee739,331 48 4Martin Schwartz, Executive Director85,000 585,000 60
Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform)Steven Fox, Executive VPN/A
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of ReligionDavid Ellenson, PresidentN/A
Jewish Reconstructionist FederationRobert Barkin, Executive VPN/A
Jewish Theological SeminaryArnold Eisen, ChancellorN/A
National Council of Young IsraelPesach Lerner, Executive VPN/A
Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative)Julie Schonfeld, Executive VPN/A
Rabbinical Council of America (Orthodox)Basil Herring, Executive VPN/A
Reconstructionist Rabbinical CollegeDan Ehrenkrantz, PresidentN/A
Religious Action CenterDavid Saperstein, Director & CounselN/A
Torah Umesorah; The National Society for Hebrew Day SchoolsZvi Bloom, Executive DirectorN/A
Union for Reform JudaismEric Yoffie, PresidentN/A
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of AmericaSteven Weil, Executive VPN/A
United Synagogue of Conservative JudaismSteven Wernick, Executive VP & CEON/A
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1 includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
2 data from 2007
3 data from 2008
4 data from 2009
5 data from 2010
6 data from 2011
7 predecessor’s salary
8 partial year
9 not a 501(c)(3)
10 annualized
11 position currently vacant
12 as per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
13 825 employees worldwide

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