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Richard Joel, Miri Adelson, Sheldon Adelson, Bret Stephens, Shmuley Boteach, and Boteach's daughter. Woman at left unknown

Richard Joel, second from left, tops the list of salaries to Jewish executives of nonprofits, compiled by the Forward, at $855,000. Sheldon Adelson, funder, is at center left

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.

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  1. Madrid
    Madrid
    December 16, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Think about the fact for a second that these are non-profit organizations that are paying these types of salaries. So these are non-profits whose funding is solely through private donations, and the salaries that these charities pay is comparable to some CEO’s at American companies.

    The obvious question: how is it that private donors can afford to pay these kind salaries? How loaded are these donors? Which leads to a mostly unspoken but still crucial realization: which is that your community is astronomically wealthy– certainly multiple times more wealthy than any other ethnicity in the US, providing it with immense power to get its message across in the public square so that any and all competing voices have very few possibilities for responding in any meaningful way.

    There was recently a story about how the CIA was funding anti-Zionist propaganda in the 50’s and early 60’s, a story which was met with scorn by the MSM, and I generally hold the CIA in low regard, but in the end, one wonders what other entity could hope to counter such financial power other than those of the US government.

    • amigo
      amigo
      December 16, 2013, 3:37 pm

      “The obvious question: how is it that private donors can afford to pay these kind salaries? How loaded are these donors? Which leads to a mostly unspoken but still crucial realization: which is that your community is astronomically wealthy– certainly multiple times more wealthy than any other ethnicity in the US,”Madrid

      What,s your agenda Madrid.Making Foxman earn his salary.

      • adele
        adele
        December 16, 2013, 7:58 pm

        well said, Amigo! (double-entrendre with your name intended :-)

      • amigo
        amigo
        December 17, 2013, 11:49 am

        adele, thanks for the friendly response.

  2. Phan Nguyen
    Phan Nguyen
    December 16, 2013, 2:49 pm

    Unfortunately the Forward figures are inconsistent and misleading. In many cases, the column labeled “2012 Salary” displays salaries for 2011 or even 2010. Clicking on individual names in the Forward table will lead to separate pages that note this discrepancy.

    However, outdated figures are provided even in cases where more recent figures are publicly available.

    The salary for Abe Foxman has been adjusted by the Forward without any indication. Foxman is paid for a 20-hour work week, so the Forward has doubled this (originally $344,140, but reported by the Forward as $688,280) in order to compare his salary to those who work 40 hours. At the same time, this reported pay is based on the 2011 figure, not 2012.

    According to the most recent ADL tax filings, Foxman received a total reportable compensation of $1,866,965 for 2012, while maintaining an average 20-hour work week. This amount includes the 2012 “actuarial value” of a supplemental executive retirement plan.

  3. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    December 16, 2013, 3:26 pm

    If these non-profits are also tax-deductible to contributors, then those OUTRAGEOUS SALARIES are being paid by all taxpayers.

    And, worse, I assume that these “very, very few very, very rich” (Jewish) people use their considerable (and tax-payer subsidized) wealth to, YES!, lobby and otherwise affect legislation and administrative decision-making.

    It is time to make such over-the-top excessive salaries fully taxable to the institutions [even if the institutions do not pay any other tax], and even to forbid them in the case of tax-deductible institutions.

    • American
      American
      December 16, 2013, 4:46 pm

      And, worse, I assume that these “very, very few very, very rich” (Jewish) people use their considerable (and tax-payer subsidized) wealth to, YES!, lobby and otherwise affect legislation and administrative decision-making.””

      Its taking more than the few rich Jews MJ Rosenberg refers to to support as many Jewish charities and groups as are in the US.
      Which begs the question where does all the money come from.

  4. Citizen
    Citizen
    December 16, 2013, 3:30 pm
  5. seafoid
    seafoid
    December 16, 2013, 3:50 pm

    Is that Shmuley on the right?

    For all the money they can’t come up with any fresh hasbara. Ya haram.

  6. Citizen
    Citizen
    December 16, 2013, 4:01 pm

    Now, how about the salaries of the chiefs of Christian Zionist organizations? How many really big donors to those organizations? Aren’t the donations to Hagee type leaders mostly from very often working class or even poorer Christians?

    No doubt at all we live in a de facto plutocracy, and increasingly so. Nothing will change at root until the political campaign finance system changes. Don’t look to SCOTUS or POTUS or Congress.

    Hell, I doubt even understand why (selected) religious institutions pay no taxes under the First Amendment. And what’s the scoop on how Scientology became accepted as a religious organization that’s tax exempt? They have most of the property in the fairly large city of Clearwater, FL–all free of property taxes and federal taxes.

    • JeffB
      JeffB
      December 17, 2013, 5:14 pm

      @Citizen —

      The reason religious institutions pay no tax is that the power to tax is the power to regulate. Given the power to tax a president could establish a defacto state church. Our system is based on assuming that people will abuse power. And the founders did not want a marriage of church and state, both to protect the state from the church and to protect the church from the state.

      As far as Scientology mostly it was the IRS backing off. The original argument was that Scientology was a commercial enterprise for the purpose of benefitting Hubbard, well Hubbard has been dead for a while. Congress in 1989 was were looking into accusations of IRS wrongdoing and the Scientology files came up. While Scientology had gone just short of illegal in their war against the IRS, IRS agents had crossed the line in their attacks on Scientology. Scientologists who had been involved in criminal enterprises in the 1970s were gone from leadership by the late 1990s. Finally the church was only doing stuff that churches can legally do.

  7. OlegR
    OlegR
    December 16, 2013, 4:11 pm

    Jealous ?

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      December 16, 2013, 4:29 pm

      Of what?

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        December 16, 2013, 5:05 pm

        Of the pay of cause.
        Since this is private money that payed these salaries
        which makes it non of all of yours business then the only reason i can think of Phil writing this article is plain old jealousy.

      • just
        just
        December 16, 2013, 6:24 pm

        C’mon Oleg– surely your imagination can come up with something sane/clever.

      • Cliff
        Cliff
        December 16, 2013, 6:31 pm

        Why would it be jealously?

      • MRW
        MRW
        December 17, 2013, 8:40 am

        Since this is private money that payed these salaries
        which makes it non of all of yours business then the only reason i can think of Phil writing this article is plain old jealousy.

        And you know that none of the $3-40 billion in direct payment by the US to Israel pays for this, how?

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        December 17, 2013, 11:50 am

        לך תוכיח שאתה לא חמור ושאין לך אחות.

        Ask Shmuel for a translate.

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        December 17, 2013, 12:32 pm

        לך תוכיח שאתה לא חמור ושאין לך אחות.
        Ask Shmuel for a translate.

        My pleasure. Literary chap that he is, Oleg was merely paraphrasing Sholem Aleichem: “Hot nit kayn shvester? Gey farentfer zich!

    • American
      American
      December 16, 2013, 4:50 pm

      OlegR says:
      December 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm
      Jealous ?>>>>

      We could explain what is unseemly about inflated salaries in ‘charity groups’ —people being paid more than twice what the US president is paid out of charity donations—–but people of your kind would never get it.

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        December 16, 2013, 5:02 pm

        /We could explain what is unseemly about inflated salaries in ‘charity groups’ /
        Are you donating them the money ? No.So this is non of yours or Philips business.
        Those who folks that do donate that money have a say about these
        salaries.
        You guys are hilarious you take offence in the name of the people (Zionist Jews ) that you smear all over these pages each and every day.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        December 16, 2013, 6:06 pm

        Yeah, it’s silly. It’s not like these are the only non-profit guys with high salary. Richard Joel does not spend most of his day focusing on Israel. He has to run a major university.

      • Xpat
        Xpat
        December 17, 2013, 9:04 am

        @hophmi:
        Just like it’s silly for:
        1) Women to advertize pay differentials with men in the same position.
        2) Blacks and ethnic groups monitoring their representation in high level jobs.
        3) Etc.
        Apparently, you cannot hold a big position like president of a major university – or any other position of national Jewish leadership – if you don’t hold the right opinions on an issue totally unrelated to the job.

      • adele
        adele
        December 16, 2013, 8:23 pm

        Oleg,
        are you exhausted, have you been overexerting yourself? Perhaps you forgot to take your dose of hasbara vitamins today. Phil was commenting on a piece just published by The Forward newspaper. So this information is already in the public domain. In case that doesn’t sink in, many publications publish salary lists and wealth statistics, among the most commonly cited is the Forbes 400. Does this make them jealous, or do you just assert that flimsy accusation as a diversionary tactic here in this forum that is critical of Israel?

      • just
        just
        December 16, 2013, 10:04 pm

        He’s pooped from ‘helping’ all of the people of Gaza in his very unique IOF way.

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        December 17, 2013, 11:52 am

        Oh i don’t mind the information or that Forward published it.
        I mind Phil’s tone regarding that information.

      • Ellen
        Ellen
        December 16, 2013, 9:33 pm

        Oleg, non profits enjoy a tax exempt status and are essentially subsidized by the American tax payer. Their tax filings are available to all the public because it IS OUR Business.

        Some of these so-called charities pay huge salaries to their officers relative to their size, purpose and overall budget. Forward uncovered the money gig. Why would anyone give them their money?

      • Theo
        Theo
        December 17, 2013, 12:48 pm

        OlegR

        We should also not forget that those charity organisations receive tax deductible donation, so all americans contribute to the huge salaries paid by them, by forfeiting on taxes due!!

    • thankgodimatheist
      thankgodimatheist
      December 16, 2013, 9:42 pm

      “Jealous ?”
      You remind me of a commenter here (anan) who, in all seriousness used to say that George W. invaded Iraq because Saddam tried to assassinate his father. Two towering intellects both of you, no doubt.

  8. just
    just
    December 16, 2013, 5:15 pm

    What a gig and scam this whole industry has become…

    May they fall hard and soon.

  9. hophmi
    hophmi
    December 16, 2013, 5:35 pm

    “Robert Wexler, shameless advocate for Israel in Congress and after, pulls in $225,000.”

    Different guy.

    “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.”

    The AJWS does humanitarian work all over the world. It does not do work in Israel, by the way. So your comment is especially disgusting.

    • philweiss
      philweiss
      December 16, 2013, 6:05 pm

      Thanks Hophmi, I stand corrected wrt Wexler.

    • just
      just
      December 16, 2013, 6:32 pm

      And this from wiki:

      “In 2007, it became the first national Jewish organization to promote targeted divestment by launching a divestment initiative against the government of Sudan.[8]”

      OK. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander………

      and

      “Mission

      Inspired by Judaism’s commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.”

      Try starting next door. In Palestine.

      • Peter in SF
        Peter in SF
        December 17, 2013, 2:29 am

        “Mission

        Inspired by Judaism’s commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world.”

        Try starting next door. In Palestine.

        I googled AJWS’s website for mention of Palestinian territories, and most of the links were to pages where you enter your address to make a donation, and one of the choices for your Country is actually “Palestinian Territory, Occupied“. I wonder how many contributors they have from there!
        http://action.ajws.org/site/RedirectHandler?key=donate‎

      • canny
        canny
        December 18, 2013, 1:04 pm

        The concept of Tikkum Olam only applies to Jews and folks who have not criticized Israel.

        Israel spends much energies to promote their humanitarianism but we know that does not extend to their colonial victims- the Palestinians.

    • talknic
      talknic
      December 17, 2013, 11:09 am

      @hophmi ” It does not do work in Israel, by the way”

      THEIR map includes Israel
      http://ajws.org/where_we_work/

      Their dialogue includes Israel
      http://ajws.org/search/gsearch.html?query=Israel

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        December 17, 2013, 11:36 am

        It’s a map of the entire world. Their work in Asia does NOT include Israel. You’re just being deliberately misleading.

    • eGuard
      eGuard
      December 17, 2013, 7:37 pm

      hophmi: The AJWS not do work in Israel, by the way. So …

      For Israel, hophmi. Working for Israel is the test.

  10. bilal a
    bilal a
    December 16, 2013, 10:54 pm

    Attn> smug progressives. Adelson is a liberal on every issue including Zionism Israel, which has always been a consensus liberal issue. Sheesh, Chomsky worked in a kibbutz.

    And these institutions are what the foreign policy community refers to as ‘civil society’, non profits, NGOs working for human and civil rights. And it is all multinational and billionaire funded. Like the credits that roll after a PBS ‘documentary’.

    So before you congratulate yourself on your progressive sensibilities, ask yourself why your agenda lines up exactly with the Adelsons, Gates, and Buffetts of the world.

    • piotr
      piotr
      December 17, 2013, 11:08 am

      bilal a: what are you smoking? Adelson’s main passion seemed to be bashing unions and taking revenge on politicians who supported unions, however Zionist they may be. He is a sugar daddy of Zionist right wing. Cite a “liberal” position of Adelson.

  11. Taxi
    Taxi
    December 17, 2013, 12:00 am

    Terrorism is a very expensive occupation. Especially when it’s disguised as charity work.

    Just ask israel and saudi arabia.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      December 17, 2013, 11:37 am

      “Terrorism is a very expensive occupation. Especially when it’s disguised as charity work.”

      You mean like the Holy Land Foundation? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Land_Foundation_for_Relief_and_Development

      • Taxi
        Taxi
        December 17, 2013, 12:30 pm

        I mean the Golden Calf brigade, hophmi:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_calf

        The Holy Land Foundation faced the Orwelian Kangaroo Court which was set up to benefit the interests of the Apartheid Banana Republic of israel.

        But the Show Trial ain’t over yet:
        “The motion filed in federal district court in Texas last month argues that the Holy Land Foundation defendants should be exonerated of all charges on the basis of new evidence as well as the evidence presented at trial.

        The motion argues that there was no factual basis to the government’s claims that Hamas controlled the Zakat Committees listed in the indictment and that the testimony of the government’s witnesses relied on “pure speculation.”

        “Neither the government or the defense presented any testimony from any person with actual personal knowledge as to how the committees operated that would have addressed the question of whether Hamas controlled the committees,” the motion states.
        http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/new-evidence-hoped-free-holy-land-five

        Notable is how you didn’t object to being in the same toilet bowl as the saudis.

  12. just
    just
    December 17, 2013, 7:31 am

    This is really, really bad:

    “The United States has accepted Israel’s position that any peace agreement with the Palestinians must include recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat reported Tuesday morning, quoting senior Palestinian officials.

    Furthermore, Al-Hayat reported, the Americans are pressuring the Palestinians to accept the Israeli demand and agree to its inclusion in the framework agreement U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is formulating.

    The report comes less than a week after another report in Palestinian media that accused Kerry of siding with the Israelis on security issues, and quoted one Palestinian official as saying that Kerry would “bear responsibility” if peace talks failed. “He is not operating as a neutral sponsor and mediator,” the official said.

    Meanwhile, the Al-Hayat report also raised the issue of future security arrangements and how they would affect control over the Jordan Valley. According to the senior Palestinian officials quoted in the report, Israel has been presenting the issue of the Jordan Valley as separate from the core issues defined in the Oslo Accords — namely, borders, refugees, Israeli settlements in the West Bank, security issues and water sources.

    The Palestinian officials said that Israel’s position — that the Jordan Valley be discussed separately from other security matters — is holding up the peace process, as the strategic valley has been discussed in the context of security arrangements since the signing of the Oslo Accords.

    According to one official quoted in the report, Israel is increasing the number of issues on the table to slow down negotiations and convolute the process to avoid progress. If the U.S. presents a framework agreement that includes Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and Israeli security and military presence in the Jordan Valley, one official told Al-Hayat, no pragmatic results will emerge from these negotiations. Furthermore, the official said, Israel will focus on these two issues, leaving aside the other matters, and will continue to create facts on the ground through the continued construction in West Bank settlements.

    In the last meeting between Kerry and Palestinian officials held in Ramallah on Friday, it was reported that the atmosphere was problematic and that Palestinians were not confident about the continuation of the talks and about its results, despite Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ declared commitment to the nine-month negotiating period with Israel. ”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.564032

    Done. Head to the UN, etc. Abbas. We cannot be trusted.

  13. canny
    canny
    December 18, 2013, 1:00 pm

    Who do they think they are kidding?

    All those payments to the colony of Israel are tax-deductible from U.S. tax obligations, which means you, American taxpayer, are footing the bill.

    These individuals should register as agents of a foreign government and be tried for abetting terrorism.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      December 18, 2013, 3:21 pm

      The President of Yeshiva University should register as the agent of the foreign government? The President of the American Jewish World Service should register as the agent of a foreign government?

      Maybe YOU should register as an agent of an alien planet.

  14. canny
    canny
    December 18, 2013, 1:05 pm

    Here is another interesting operation that milks the Christians for monetary support.

    http://www.holylandmoments.org

    Those donations are U.S. tax deductible as well.

    Belly up to the trough boys.

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