American Jewish University

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Category: Religion or Education

Robert Wexler


American Jewish University, a nondenominational educational institution, was founded when the University of Judaism and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Los Angeles merged in 2007. It has two campuses and is comprised of small, liberal arts-focused undergraduate and graduate programs. It also includes a center for continuing education, which offers courses in fine arts, languages, social services and other subjects.

Rabbi Robert Wexler has been the president of the American Jewish University since 1992, and negotiated the merger between the University of Judaism and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Los Angeles in 2007. He launched the University’s Ziegler School for Rabbinic studies, and started a training program for administrators of organizations in the African-American, Latino and Asian communities. Wexler holds a master’s from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. While in rabbinical school, Wexler also earned his M.B.A. degree from Baruch College in New York City and a master's degree and a Ph.D. from UCLA in the Department of Near Eastern Languages.


Institution Total Expenses: $25,244,968

Employees: 728

Salary: $225,560

Underpaid by: 36%


Institution Total Expenses: $25,294,188

Employees: 743

Salary: $118,780


Institution Total Expenses: $25,212,057

Salary: $118,898


Salary: $126,798


Salary: $213,679

  • 1Interim head of organization
  • 2Data from 2012
  • 3Data from 2011
  • 4Data from 2010
  • 5Data from 2009
  • 6Data from 2008
  • 7Data from 2007
  • 8Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
  • 9Predecessor's salary
  • 10Partial year
  • 11Not a 501(c)3
  • 12Annualized
  • 13Position currently vacant
  • 14As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
  • 15Base salary
  • 16Data from president-elect period
  • 172010 Employees
  • 18Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
  • 19Highest paid professional, not CEO
  • 20Paid from two related organizations
  • 21Data from 2013
  • 22Data from 2014
  • 23Data from 2015
  • 24Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
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