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December 14, 2015

Gender Gap Unchanged in Jewish Charity Leadership, Survey Finds

Male leaders at Jewish nonprofits continued to far outnumber and out-earn their female counterparts in 2014, the Forward finds in its annual review of executive pay at Jewish organizations. Women head 12 of the 71 large federations, advocacy and service groups, and religious and educational institutions surveyed — a figure that has changed little since the publication began tracking compensation data in 2009 — and are paid about two-thirds of what male peers earn.

Lisa Lynch, the interim president of Brandeis University, had the highest listed pay, $844,722, but that reflects the salary of her predecessor, and she is not a candidate for the permanent position. Stephen Hoffman, president of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, was second at $801,581, the first time a Jewish federation head has earned more than $800,000. Another dozen leaders topped $500,000, according to the listings, all of them men.

Matthew Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, was named the most "overpaid" leader relative to his organization's budget and staff. Pay-boosting bonuses and perks associated with the corporate world are increasingly becoming the norm for top executives at Jewish charities, the Forward also reports.