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

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.

Who Earns What

Rank
Executive
Organisation
2012 Salary (* predecessor's salary)
1
Yeshiva University
$855,037
2
Simon Wiesenthal Center
$751,054
3
Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland
$722,061
4
Brandeis University
$705,843
5
Anti-Defamation League
$688,280
6
Jewish Federations of North America
$612,989
7
Republican Jewish Coalition
$563,372
8
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
$556,232
9
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County
$551,548*
10
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
$539,439*
11
American Jewish Committee
$504,445
12
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore
$501,678
13
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago
$496,014
14
UJA Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York
$494,000
15
Touro College
$491,356
16
Jewish Community Centers Association of North America
$481,437
17
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
$460,676
18
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
$450,824*
19
Foundation for Jewish Camp
$443,552
20
Zionist Organization of America
$435,050
21
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
$428,501
22
Hadassah
$410,000
23
Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles
$403,536
24
Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations
$400,815
25
Birthright Israel
$369,270*
26
B'nai Brith International
$351,429
27
Jewish National Fund
$344,783
28
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
$332,260
29
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
$325,000
30
United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey
$322,976
31
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
$316,064*
32
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco
$311,044
33
United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh
$304,323
34
American Jewish World Service
$301,422
35
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
$291,439*
36
CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)
$282,392
37
Jewish Federation of St. Louis
$273,703
38
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
$268,834
39
CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)
$259,142
40
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
$254,042
41
National Council of Jewish Women
$238,774
42
ORT America
$226,031
43
American Jewish University
$225,560
44
UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey
$225,144
45
Americans for Peace Now
$220,450
46
Bend The Arc
$220,000
47
The Center for Jewish History
$219,890
48
Forward Association
$219,474
49
The Israel Project
$212,000*
50
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
$210,833*
51
J Street
$207,868
52
Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies
$194,192
53
National Conference on Soviet Jewry
$187,500
54
Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring
$185,712
55
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
$184,755
56
Stand With Us
$180,000
57
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
$173,387
58
National Jewish Democratic Council
$171,200
59
Hazon
$160,650
60
Foundation for Jewish Culture
$155,000
61
Agudath Israel of America
$147,456
62
Keshet
$119,000
-
Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform)
n/a
-
Hebrew Union College
n/a
-
Jewish Theological Seminary
n/a
-
National Council of Young Israel
n/a
-
Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative)
n/a
-
Rabbinical Council of America (Orthodox)
n/a
-
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
n/a
-
Religious Action Center
n/a
-
Torah Umesorah - National Society for Hebrew Day Schools
n/a
-
Union for Reform Judaism
n/a
-
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
n/a
-
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
n/a

Written by

Jane Eisner

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