Jewish Federations of North America

Location: New York, NY

Category: Federation

Jerry Silverman

President & CEO

The Jewish Federations of North America is the umbrella organization that represents 153 Jewish federations and 300 independent Jewish communities, with a stated mission of “protect[ing] and enhance[ing] the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).” JFNA distributes over $3 billion annually, funding a diverse array of social services, social welfare and educational programs, as well as providing emergency relief to both Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Formerly called the United Jewish Communities, JFNA formed from a merger of the United Israel Appeal, the United Jewish Appeal and the Council of Jewish Federations in 1999.

Jerry Silverman serves as the president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America. Appointed in 2009, he was previously the president of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, a not-for-profit organization that promotes Jewish resident camps. Prior to that, Silverman served in executive positions at the Stride Rite Corporation of Boston. He has also sat on the boards of a number of Jewish organizations.


Institution Revenue: $184,707,017

Institution Total Expenses: $132,898,135

Employees: 151

Salary: $672,358

Overpaid by: 31%


Institution Revenue: $49,030,087

Institution Total Expenses: $49,202,648

Employees: 144

Salary: $614,351


Institution Total Expenses: $47,353,000

Employees: 187

Salary: $612,989

Overpaid by: 53%


Institution Total Expenses: $47,742,848

Employees: 190

Salary: $612,990


Institution Total Expenses: $41,858,650

Salary: $611,16012


Salary: $569,7529


Salary: $575,0007

  • 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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