Simon Wiesenthal Center
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Category: Advocacy or Public Service
Founder & Dean
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization that runs educational programs and engages in community outreach, with a mission of confronting anti-Semitism, hatred, and terrorism, and promoting human rights, the safety of Jews worldwide, and support for Israel. Founded by Marvin Hier in 1977, the Center took its name after the famed Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal. Today, the Center maintains a museum in Los Angeles; offices in Jerusalem, New York, Miami, Toronto, Paris and Buenos Aires; and interacts regularly with political leaders, diplomats, and private and public agencies.
Rabbi Marvin Hier is the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and oversees the organization’s film division, Moriah Films, and its Museum of Tolerance. In 2007 and 2008, Newsweek named Hier the most influential American rabbi, partly for his close ties with high profile political figures. In May 2008, former President George W. Bush invited Hier to serve on the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for Israel’s 60th anniversary celebration.
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1 Interim head of organization
2 Data from 2012
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8 Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
9 Predecessor’s salary
10 Partial year
11 Not a 501(c)3
13 Position currently vacant
14 As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
15 Base salary
16 Data from president-elect period
17 2010 Employees
18 Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
19 Highest paid professional, not CEO
20 Paid from two related organizations
21 Data from 2013
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23 Data from 2015
24 Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
25 Data from 2017