The Center for Jewish History

Location: New York, NY

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Joel Levy

President & CEO

The Center for Jewish History is a library, museum and research institute with a focus on Jewish history. The Center hosts the collections of five partner organizations: the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The Center, which opened in Manhattan’s Union Square in 2000, houses over 500,000 volumes and 100 million documents related to Jewish history. Its staff works to preserve its collections and showcases them through exhibitions, speaking events, and performances.

Levy joined the Center for Jewish History after several years of related professional experience. On the Jewish scene, Levy served as the former New York regional director of the Anti-Defamation League for nine years, among other roles. Prior to joining the Center for Jewish History, Levy served as the director of development for the Vera Institute of Justice since 2009. Levy has a master’s in anthropology from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s in anthropology from Franklin and Marshall College. He was also a student of Jewish studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


Institution Revenue: $7,815,090

Institution Total Expenses: $9,582,220

Employees: 79

Salary: $200,0009

Underpaid by: 37%


Institution Revenue: $7,050,758

Institution Total Expenses: $9,361,774

Employees: 78

Salary: $200,0009


Institution Total Expenses: $7,695,128

Employees: 69

Salary: $219,890

Underpaid by: 21%


Institution Total Expenses: $6,796,203

Employees: 70

Salary: $143,360


Institution Total Expenses: $6,796,203

Salary: $143,360


Salary: $135,000

  • 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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