Salaries of American Jewish Leaders

Discover the Most and Least Highly Paid

Published December 10, 2012.

This year, the Forward's annual salary survey covers 74 national Jewish nonprofit organizations. The following is a searchable chart of the leaders and finances of these organizations, and includes data from previous surveys.

Men are indicated in black, women in blue. Individual salaries and organizational expenses are indicated in dollars. Benefits are not included. Click on each organization's name for further information.

2011 Total
% Change
Yeshiva UniversityRichard Joel, President$759,986,7026,509$848,176$879,8213.73
Simon Wiesenthal CenterMarvin Hier, President and CEO$23,943,436120$721,7146$702,8576-2.61
Anti-Defamation LeagueAbraham Foxman, National Director$49,567,222417$621,470$688,28010.75
Jewish Community Federation of ClevelandStephen Hoffman, CEO$66,766,742193$644,5188$644,5180.00
Jewish Federations of North AmericaJerry Silverman, President & CEO$47,742,848190$611,16012$612,9900.30
American Jewish Joint Distribution CommitteeSteven Schwager, CEO & Executive VP$345,000,000850$541,626$550,9941.73
Republican Jewish CoalitionMatthew Brooks, Executive Director$3,143,05317$508,000$525,5963.46
American Israel Public Affairs CommitteeHoward Kohr, Executive Director$61,270,283364$472,500$506,2327.14
American Jewish CommitteeDavid Harris, Executive Director$42,203,285280$440,429$500,91613.73
Touro CollegeAlan Kadish, President & CEO$212,483,6155,104$547,514$496,019-9.41
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metro ChicagoSteven Nasatir, President$91,543,185485$477,7838,15$496,0143.82
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of BaltimoreMarc Terrill, President$44,060,457143$477,859$485,4191.58
Jewish Community Centers Association of North AmericaAllan Finkelstein, President$12,966,22466$456,014$468,2392.68
UJA Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New YorkJohn Ruskay, Executive VP & CEO$216,229,000473$466,000$462,000-0.86
Birthright IsraelDavid Fischer, President$55,195,62550$378,1739$437,934915.80
Zionist Organization of AmericaMorton Klein, National President$3,058,18331$363,4625$435,05019.70
Jewish Federation of Greater PhiladelphiaIra Schwartz, CEO$33,044,224120$457,784$430,303-6.00
Foundation for Jewish CampJeremy Fingerman, CEO$16,028,20331$400,83310$423,6005.68
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach CountyMatt Levine, President and CEO$15,476,75696$419,8999$419,89990.00
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater BostonBarry Shrage, President$124,999,259157$385,072$412,5567.14
HadassahJanice Weinman, CEO$33,357,184214$417,4668,9$410,0002-1.79
Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish OrganizationsMalcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman$2,891,6082$397,363$397,5000.03
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach CountyJeffrey Klein, CEO$26,085,23994$364,772$372,1722.03
Jewish Federation of Greater WashingtonSteve Rakitt, CEO$29,596,70595$401,0449$370,00012-7.74
B'nai Brith InternationalDaniel Mariaschin, Executive VP$13,445,91522802$339,8898$351,42923.40
Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los AngelesJay Sanderson, President and CEO$54,446,75531853$346,500$346,50030.00
Jewish National FundRussell Robinson, CEO$47,521,165219$375,147$344,340-8.21
Brandeis UniversityFrederick Lawrence, President$367,866,7755,165$588,8099$332,70512,17-43.50
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus LifeWayne Firestone, President$27,398,6471,533$347,296$308,158-11.27
United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New JerseyMax Kleinman, Eecutive VP$25,639,154157$318,3369$307,604-3.37
Jewish Community Federation of San FranciscoJennifer Gorovitz, CEO$74,976,598130$305,000$305,2750.09
Greater Miami Jewish FederationJacob Solomon, President and CEO$48,332,98298$318,063$297,866-6.35
American Jewish World ServiceRuth Messinger, President$52,412,031204$276,217$294,8666.75
Jewish Federation of Greater AtlantaMichael Horowitz, President and CEO$29,698,15458$307,0509$291,4399-5.08
United Jewish Federation of PittsburghJeffrey Finkelstein, President$19,160,47956$277,643$286,7143.27
CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)Brad Hirshfield, Co-President$3,083,408315$282,392$282,39230.00
Jewish Federation of St. LouisAndrew Rehfeld, President & CEO$17,535,77959$269,3669$275,47292.27
CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)Irwin Kula, Co-President$3,083,408315$259,142$259,14230.00
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan DetroitScott Kaufman, CEO$43,766,34021192$250,0008$254,04221.62
National Council of Jewish WomenNancy K. Kaufman, CEO$4,420,87328$175,2464,9$238,77436.25
Forward AssociationSamuel Norich, Publisher/ Executive Director$8,431,98870$207,975$231,52211.32
UJA Federation of Northern New JerseyJason Shames, CEO & Executive VP$12,094,17180$248,4009$230,3239-7.28
Jewish Institute for National Security AffairsThomas Neumann, Executive Director$3,428,460163$230,0008$230,0000.00
Americans for Peace NowDebra De Lee, President & CEO$1,901,2399$202,000$220,4509.13
ORT AmericaAlan Klugman, National Executive Director$17,421,11894$220,3583$220,3580.00
The Israel ProjectJosh Block, President$9,709,07940$220,0009$219,1679-0.38
Bend The ArcAlan van Capelle, President & CEO$6,007,28171$180,5004,9$209,015915.80
J StreetJeremy Ben-Ami, Executive Director$2,136,70747$200,225$207,8063.79
Association of Jewish Family and Children's AgenciesLee Sherman, President & CEO$852,9188$184,167$205,00011.31
Hebrew Immigrant Aid SocietyMark Hetfield, Interim President/ CEO1$26,181,00080$262,5598,9$201,0002-23.45
National Conference on Soviet JewryMark Levin, Executive Director$839,5625$194,4114$187,8653-3.37
Workmen's Circle/Arbeter RingAnn Toback, Executive Director$2,434,3493343$191,2408$185,7122-2.89
Jewish Council for Public AffairsSteve Gutow, President & CEO$2,731,707325$182,475$182,47530.00
Stand With UsRoz Rothstein, CEO$4,690,4163503N/A$179,0553N/A
National Jewish Democratic CouncilDavid A. Harris, President & CEO$996,19710$171,2008$171,2000.00
Foundation for Jewish CultureElise Bernhardt, President & CEO$2,642,18816$175,0004$155,0002-11.43
Jewish Telegraphic AgencyAmi Eden, Executive Editor$1,994,7033163$140,0008$154,000210.00
HazonNigel Savage, Executive Director$3,234,14039$143,416$148,4563.51
Agudath Israel of AmericaDavid Zweibel, Executive VP$13,748,968311$135,236$144,1526.59
The Center for Jewish HistoryMichael Glickman, COO$6,796,20370$143,360$143,3600.00
American Jewish UniversityRobert Wexler, President$25,294,188743$118,898$118,780-0.10
American Zionist MovementKaren Rubinstein, Executive Director$987,891342$107,1708$107,17020.00
Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform)Steven Fox, Chief ExecutiveN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Hebrew Union CollegeDavid Ellenson, PresidentN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Jewish Reconstructionist FederationRobert Barkin, Executive VPN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Jewish Theological SeminaryArnold Eisen, ChancellorN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
National Council of Young IsraelPesach Lerner, Executive VPN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative)Julie Schonfeld, Executive VPN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Rabbinical Council of America (Orthodox)Basil Herring, Executive VP$719,104N/AN/AN/AN/A
Reconstructionist Rabbinical CollegeDan Ehrenkrantz, PresidentN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Religious Action CenterDavid Saperstein, Director/CounselN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Torah Umesorah - National Society for Hebrew Day SchoolsZvi Bloom, Executive DirectorN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Union for Reform JudaismRick Jacobs, PresidentN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of AmericaSteven Weil, Executive VPN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
United Synagogue of Conservative JudaismSteven Wernick, Executive VP & CEON/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Total: 75Page: 1 of 1
1 interim
2 data from 2012
3 data from 2010
4 data from 2009
5 data from 2008
6 includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
7 data from 2007
8 data from 2011
9 predecessor's salary
10 partial year
11 not a 501(c)3
12 annualized
13 position currently vacant
14 as per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
15 base salary
16 interim head of organization
17 data from president-elect period
18 2010 Employees
19 legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
20 highest paid professional, no CEO

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