Menu
Leader of Friends of IDF Scores $546K Package of Salary and Benefits

Leader of Friends of IDF Scores $546K Package of Salary and Benefits

Image: haaretz

Last week, at the glamorous Waldorf-Astoria hotel in Manhattan, the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces held its annual gala dinner. The FIDF’s national director, Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon smiled beside wounded soldiers flown in from Israel to encourage guests to open their wallets.

Gershon should be pleased: according to various reports, about $27 million was raised that evening.

It’s not clear whether the enthusiastic donors would be happy to know that their donations also fund the cost of Gershon’s impressive salary and benefits package.

Security was extra-tight at the FIDF?s gala at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Image: josh nathan-kazis

Security was extra-tight at the FIDF?s gala at the Waldorf-Astoria.

In 2011, that cost was $482,000, which combines his annual salary ($263,000 a year or about $22,000 a month – more than the vice president of the United States, for example); a bonus of $61,000; reimbursement for his apartment rental, which is worth more than $10,000 a month, and other benefits.

In 2010, the cost of his employment was even higher: $516,000, of which $242,000 was salary and $78,000 was a bonus. In 2012, the cost of his employment reached a peak of $546,000.

“The first time I was offered the position, I felt I didn’t want to take it because it was … going to people and asking them for money,” he told Globes in an interview last week. “I think I found the vision behind the job.”

For more, go to Haaretz.com

Written by

Uri Blau (Haaretz)

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Next article

Recommend this article

Leader of Friends of IDF Scores $546K Package of Salary and Benefits

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close