Who Earns What at America's Biggest Jewish Non-Profits

Salary Survey Shows Who Is in Charge and What They Take Home

When the Forward began surveying national Jewish not-for-profits in 2009, we tried to answer two simple questions: Who is in charge, a man or a woman? And what does he or she earn? Even though this is public information, it still took all the resources of our small staff to gather and verify the data, and then publish it as accurately and clearly as possible.

As we repeated the exercise, I wished I could provide more context to the numbers and the trends they represented. Then I bumped into Abraham “Adi” Wyner at the bat mitzvah of a mutual friend’s daughter last spring. I knew Adi to be a brilliant math professor at Wharton but what I hadn’t realized was that he’d been using a statistical analysis of our salary survey as a class assignment. He asked if I wanted to work with him to analyze the next survey and before he finished I’d said yes.

That is why this year’s package of stories is so rich in context. Maia Efrem, our research editor, began to collaborate with Adi and one of his top students, Tamara Pier, during the summer. Over the next few months, Maia collected and verified reams of data, which Tamara then analyzed, under Adi’s supervision. The resulting charts and stories go further than we’ve ever gone in examining the gender gap in leadership and pay, and the inequality in compensation among Jewish charity executives.

The Wharton team independently analyzed the data, and you can read the full report here. The inferences are the Forward’s alone.

Maia’s heroic efforts were assisted by Paul Berger, Laila Caron, Ezra Glinter, Anna Goldenberg, Michael Kaplan, Hody Nemes, Maya Shwayder and Naomi Zeveloff. Kurt Hoffman produced the designs and graphics in print and online. Additional online help came from Pedro Moura. My thanks to them all.

Click on the names below to find out how much each executive is over or underpaid.

Rank Executive Organization 2012
1 Richard Joel Yeshiva University 855,037 2 Marvin Hier Simon Wiesenthal Center 751,054 3 Stephen Hoffman Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland 722,061 4 Frederick Lawrence Brandeis University 705,843 5 Abraham Foxman Anti-Defamation League 688,280 6 Jerry Silverman Jewish Federations of North America 612,989 7 Matthew Brooks Republican Jewish Coalition 563,372 8 Howard Kohr American Israel Public Affairs Committee 556,232 9 Matthew Levin Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County 551,548 10 Alan Gill American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 539,439 11 David Harris American Jewish Committee 504,445 12 Marc Terrill The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore 501,678 13 Steven Nasatir Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago 496,014 14 John Ruskay UJA Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York 494,000 15 Alan Kadish Touro College 491,356 16 Allan Finkelstein Jewish Community Centers Association of North America 481,437 17 Jacob Solomon Greater Miami Jewish Federation 460,676 18 Alex Stroker Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia 450,824 19 Jeremy Fingerman Foundation for Jewish Camp 443,552 20 Morton Klein Zionist Organization of America 435,050 21 Barry Shrage Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston 428,501 22 Janice Weinman Hadassah 410,000 23 Jay Sanderson Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles 403,536 24 Malcolm Hoenlein Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations 400,815 25 David Fisher Birthright Israel 369,270 26 Daniel Mariaschin B'nai Brith International 351,429 27 Russell Robinson Jewish National Fund 344,783 28 Steve Rakitt Jewish Federation of Greater Washington 332,260 29 David Phillips Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County 325,000 30 Max Kleinman United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey 322,976 31 Eric Fingerhut Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life 316,064 32 Jennifer Gorovitz Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco 311,044 33 Jeffrey Finkelstein United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh 304,323 34 Ruth Messinger American Jewish World Service 301,422 35 Michael Horowitz Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta 291,439 36 Brad Hirshfield CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership) 282,392 37 Andrew Rehfeld Jewish Federation of St. Louis 273,703 38 Mark Hetfield Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society 268,834 39 Irwin Kula CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership) 259,142 40 Scott Kaufman Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit 254,042 41 Nancy K. Kaufman National Council of Jewish Women 238,774 42 Alan Klugman ORT America 226,031 43 Robert Wexler American Jewish University 225,560 44 Jason Shames UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey 225,144 45 Debra DeLee Americans for Peace Now 220,450 46 Alan van Capelle Bend The Arc 220,000 47 Michael Glickman The Center for Jewish History 219,890 48 Samuel Norich Forward Association 219,474 49 Josh Block The Israel Project 212,000 50 Michael Makovsky Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs 210,833 51 Jeremy Ben-Ami J Street 207,868 52 Lee Sherman Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies 194,192 53 Mark Levin National Conference on Soviet Jewry 187,500 54 Ann Toback Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring 185,712 55 Steve Gutow Jewish Council for Public Affairs 184,755 56 Roz Rothstein Stand With Us 180,000 57 Ami Eden Jewish Telegraphic Agency 173,387 58 David A. Harris National Jewish Democratic Council 171,200 59 Nigel Savage Hazon 160,650 60 Elise Bernhardt Foundation for Jewish Culture 155,000 61 David Zweibel Agudath Israel of America 147,456 62 Idit Klein Keshet 119,000 - David Ellenson Hebrew Union College n/a - Dan Ehrenkrantz Reconstructionist Rabbinical College n/a - Steven Wernick United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism n/a - Arnold Eisen Jewish Theological Seminary n/a - David Saperstein Religious Action Center n/a - Perry Tirschwell National Council of Young Israel n/a - Zvi Bloom Torah Umesorah - National Society for Hebrew Day Schools n/a - Julie Schonfeld Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative) n/a - Rick Jacobs Union for Reform Judaism n/a - Steven Fox Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform) n/a - Mark Dratch Rabbinical Council of America (Orthodox) n/a - Steven Weil Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America n/a

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