The Forward has published its list of the top salaries of executives at Jewish non-profits in the U.S. and the stark message of the numbers is, It sure pays to be pro-Israel!
Richard Joel, famous for smiling on a Yeshiva University stage as Sheldon Adelson said Obama should nuke Iran, topped the list at $855,000. The top ten also include Abe Foxman of the ADL, Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (famous for putting a museum of “tolerance” atop a historic Muslim graveyard in Jerusalem), Fred Lawrence of Brandeis (famous for a rash decision to end Brandeis’s relationship with Al Quds University), Howard Kohr (head of the infamous organization AIPAC), and young Matthew Brooks (of the Republican Jewish Coalition, at a meager $563,000; he was reportedly hammered by Eric Cantor when it came out that he made $700,000 four years ago).
David Harris of the AJC just misses the top ten at $504,000, and at #24, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents makes a piddling $400,000; but these two along with Kohr and Foxman were in the “small coterie” of Jewish leaders who met with the President last month to promote Israel’s interests re Iran. And presumably a number of these execs on the list were on Obama’s conference call to Jewish leaders about Iran.
Eric Fingerhut, who is coming down on Swarthmore Hillel for seeking to allow anti-Zionist speakers, makes $316,000.
Josh Block of the Israel Project, who helped launch a smear campaign against critics of Israel inside the Democratic establishment, $212,000.
Jeremy Ben-Ami of the formerly upstart J Street, now a member in good standing of the Israel lobby, $207,000.
Roz Rothstein of StandWithUs, which paints Islam as foreign and threatening, $180,000.
Michael Makovsky of the neoconservative JINSA group, who says Iran is Nazi Germany redux and Israel will likely strike, $212,000.
Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America (whose vice chair says that Jews who criticize Israel are “mutants” who should have been aborted), $435,000.
Barry Shrage, who wants to send hundreds of thousands of American Jewish kids to Israel on propaganda tours, $428,000.
Ruth Messinger, who reportedly bowed to pressure from a Zionist funder, to sponsor a propaganda tour of Israel at the American Jewish World Service, $301,000.
I’ve left out countless other Israel supporters on that list. And I imagine there are some nonprofit leaders on the Forward list who don’t advocate actively for Israel (maybe even Ruth Messinger). But I can’t spot one non-Zionist, let alone an anti-. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
And, let the word go forth, from this time and place, ask what Israel can do for you!
Piece originally stated that the Robert Wexler cited by the Forward is the former Florida congressman. He’s actually president of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. I apologize for the error.