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How Much Do Top Jewish Non-Profit Leaders Make?

It is the season of giving, and many Jewish not-for-profit organizations are receiving financial assistance from benefactors like you. To provide a better accounting of where your donation money may be going, we present to you the Forward’s eighth salary survey. Below, you will find the reportable compensation information about the executives of the largest Jewish national not-for-profit organizations in America. You can click on the name of each organization’s executive for more information.

After crunching the numbers, we have found recurring trends. Since our last salary survey, the gender gap at Jewish non-profits has only widened and a few non-profit executives are receiving extraordinary payouts. You can read further about our methodology in collecting and compiling this financial data here.

As our editor-in-chief Jane Eisner said in 2015, “If you are a volunteer at one of these organizations, a client, a donor, an employer or an employee — you deserve this information.”

How much are Jewish not-for-profit CEOs making? Click on each entry for more information.

Who Earns What

Rank
Executive
Organization
2016 Salary (1predecessor’s salary | 22017 figure | 32015 figure)
1
Simon Wiesenthal Center
$818,148
2
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
$735,181 1
3
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
$720,194
4
Yeshiva University
$687,548 1
5
Touro College
$678,548
6
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore
$664,489
7
Jewish Federations of North America
$636,559
8
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
$634,572
9
Republican Jewish Coalition
$632,950
10
Birthright Israel Foundation
$609,0561
11
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago
$564,955
12
Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland
$546,515
13
Anti-Defamation League
$545,441
14
American Jewish Committee
$539,016
15
UJA Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York
$530,000
16
Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles
$525,594
17
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
$519,436
18
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County
$507,430
19
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
$495,307
20
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
$487,4501
21
Foundation for Jewish Camp
$460,501
22
The Israel Project
$460,160
23
Brandeis University
$457,6491
24
Conference of Presidents Of Major Jewish Organizations
$452,693
25
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco
$449,7502
26
Zionist Organization of America
$448,063
27
Jewish Community Centers Association of North America
$445,0002
28
Jewish National Fund
$435,011
29
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
$432,199
30
Hadassah
$409,818
31
B’nai Brith International
$405,708
32
United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh
$351,7981
33
United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey
$352,236
34
American Jewish World Service
$330,000
35
Center for Jewish History
$325,0002
36
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
$323,065
37
HIAS
$316,455
38
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
$315,0003
39
CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)
$309,7343
40
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
$308,5781
41
CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)
$289,9843
42
National Council of Jewish Women
$259,644
43
J Street
$259,203
44
Stand With Us
$246,127
45
ORT America
$235,0001
46
Bend The Arc
$233,579
47
Americans for Peace Now
$228,866
48
Forward Association
$227,2522
49
Agudath Israel of America
$220,058
50
American Jewish University
$219,640
51
70 Faces Media
$214,624
52
Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring
$210,109
53
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
$205,160
54
Hazon
$202,811
55
Keshet
$153,462
56
Israeli-American Council
$135,6723
Rabbinical Council of America
N/A
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations
N/A
Hebrew Union College
N/A
Jewish Theological Seminary
N/A
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
N/A
Religious Action Center
N/A
National Council of Young Israel
N/A
Torah U’Mesorah
N/A
Rick Jacobs
Union for Reform Judaism
N/A
Rabbinical Assembly
N/A
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
N/A

You can check out these figures in their subcategories in our tables below:

For a deeper analysis of the gender gap evident in this data, see here.

For reporting on some of the highest earners at Jewish not-for-profit organizations, see here.

For a breakdown of our methodology, see here.

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