Forward Association

Location: New York, NY

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Samuel Norich

Publisher & CEO

The Forward Association oversees the publication of two well-known Jewish newspapers, the English-language Jewish Daily Forward and the Yiddish-language Forverts. Founded in 1897, the Forverts helped generations of Jewish immigrants adjust to life in America and today is the last remaining secular Yiddish newspaper, with a print, radio and web presence. The award-winning English-language version publishes a weekly print edition and a daily web edition, and is a leading source of news and progressive commentary about American Jewish life.

Samuel Norich serves as the Forward Association’s CEO and publisher. He was named as chief executive of the Association and publisher of the Yiddish Forverts in 1997, and became publisher of the English Forward in 2000. Born in Germany in 1947, he immigrated to the United States in 1957, attended college at Columbia University and completed graduate study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before joining the Forward Association, he served as vice president of the World Jewish Congress and the executive director of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Norich also authored the 1994 book “What Will Bind Us Now?: A Report on the Institutional Ties Between Israel and American Jewry.”


Institution Total Expenses: $8,501,635

Employees: 58

Salary: $219,474

Underpaid by: 22%


Institution Total Expenses: $8,431,988

Employees: 70

Salary: $231,522


Institution Total Expenses: $8,285,866

Salary: $207,975


Salary: $213,218


Salary: $207,217

  • 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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