Women Still Lag Behind

Who Won and Lost in Latest Survey of Communal Pay?


By Maia Efrem and Jane Eisner

Published December 10, 2012, issue of December 14, 2012.
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With the exception of Weinman at Hadassah, men also still dominate the top posts in advocacy and service organizations. After Y.U.’s Joel, the second highest-paid leader in the survey is, again, 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 2011 was $702,857, a 2.6% decrease from 2010. That pay cut mirrored a drop in total expenses and the number of employees at the Wiesenthal Center during that time.

But the Hier household was nearly made whole by the pay increase received by the rabbi’s wife, Marlene Hier, who earned $355,222 in 2011 as director of membership development, about $11,000 more than she took home in 2010. And their son, Alan D. Hier, remains on the payroll, earning $158,091 as international director of fundraising and communications.

And once again, someone at the center received a generous perquisite. As Form 990 reports, “an employee was requested to attend fundraising meetings in Israel during the High Holidays and he could not be away from his family during that time. The Center reimbursed $10,494 for airfare and accommodations for his family to accompany him to Israel.”

Other well-compensated Jewish leaders also receive side benefits. The AJC occasionally pays for Harris to travel first class for flights two hours or shorter, and has covered the travel costs of family members who accompany him on “certain trips.” He also is reimbursed for a portion of the property taxes on his Westchester, N.Y. home — amounting to $25,487 in 2010.

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Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, receives a $450 monthly housing allowance. And the leaders of federations in Boston; Cleveland; Miami; Palm Beach, Fla.; Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh can take their spouses on trips at no cost, including overseas travel to Israel. The same perquisite applies to leaders of B’nai B’rith International and the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America,

And once again, the Forward has found that it pays to be a Republican. Matthew Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, is the fourth-highest earner among leaders of service and advocacy organizations, earning $525,596 in 2011, a 3.5% increase from 2010. Meantime, his partisan counterpart, David A. Harris, president and CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council, earned $171,200 in 2011, the same as in the previous year.

Seth Berkman, Ezra Glinter, Nate Lavey, Eileen Reynolds, Hannah Rubin, Blair Thornburgh and Naomi Zeveloff also contributed to this story.

Contact Jane Eisner at Eisner@forward.com or follow her on Twitter @Jane_Eisner.


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