As Jewish Agency Contracts, its Executive Paychecks Swell

On February 26, the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI ) will gather, as it does three times a year, at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem for three days of meetings.

On the agenda will be the strategic and budgetary plans for the upcoming years; euphemisms for another round of cutbacks and layoffs as the cash-strapped agency tries to balance its books in a period of declining donations. Behind the scenes, government ministries, large Jewish organizations and major donors are arguing over the justification of the agency’s continued existence.

While the governors are contemplating the hole in the Jewish Agency’s budget, they may be interested in the annual financial report for 2010 that the agency filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS ). Among the 40 pages they will find a list of its 22 highest earners. The most recognizable name on the list is, of course, that of Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.


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