Charity Salaries

Commentary by Dr. Gerhard Falk


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The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported on September 29, 2005 that Jewish executives were paid in the range of $200,000 to $400, 000 plus benefits and expenses.

Molly cannot pay for her medical care. Therefore no doctor will accept her and no hospital will treat her. 

Barry Freedman, President of Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York took in $1.3 million in 2003.

Isaac is unemployed. He lost his job two years ago and cannot support his family of four.

Steven Hoffman, executive of the United Jewish Communities was paid $375,000 a year plus $116,000 in an expense allowance.

Jake is an immigrant from Eastern Europe. He cannot speak English very well and because he is not a citizen he is not eligible for public assistance. He has no work. He lives by doing occasional repair jobs.

Stephen Solender, also of the United Jewish Communities was paid $400,000 last year.

Rivkeh lives on her social security check. At age 84 she cannot pay her gas bill. Therefore the Gas company cut off her gas and she freezes all winter.

John Ruskay, executive of the UJA Federation of New York “earned” $350,000 last year. 

Abe needs an overcoat. He recently arrived from eastern Europe and has no money for a coat. 

Robert Aronson CEO of the Detroit Jewish Federation was paid $381,000 last year but was given NO EXPENSE ACCOUNT.

Ruth is a single lady of 72 who cannot pay her rent because her pension is so small that she must buy her needed medicine first and has no rent money left. She is evicted.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League was paid $375,000 plus $22,500 in expenses in 2003.

Rabbi Joshuah serves a small orthodox congregation. He has a wife and six children. He earns $50,000 a year.

Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Los Angles Simon Wiesenthal Center was paid $450,000 last year.

Moishe, a single man who has a small pension from his factory job, lives in one room in a downtown rooming house in Los Angeles. He needs glasses but cannot afford to see an eye doctor nor pay for glasses. So he can’t even read a newspaper.

Marvin Schotland, executive of the Los Angeles Jewish Community Fund takes home $234,055 each year.

Herb, a child of 12, came to the U.S. alone. Having no home, he lives in the streets of New York with other homeless children. He survives by prostituting and drug dealing.

Susan Dickman, executive of the Jewish Communal Fund of New York, collects $180,663 a year. She has a large office.

P.S. The word philanthropist is Greek Phil means love and anthropus means man. Therefore, the big earners listed above are all lovers of money, sorry a mistake, lovers of men.

You shall open wide your hand to him and you shall certainly lend him sufficient for his need, which his poverty requires.” Deuteronomy 15:8.

Shalom u’vracha and a Happy New Year.

Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including Football & American Identity (2005) &  Youth Culture and the Generation Gap (2005) with Dr. Ursula A. Falk.

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