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Gender Gap

Gender Gap

I read with interest Tamar Snyder’s article on the “Jewish Community’s $20,000 Gender Gap” (Dec. 3) about women not holding top professional positions in the Jewish community. I have been very troubled about this for many, many years.

I was appointed director of the American Jewish Congress in 1971 and served until 1978, when I left to become a vice president at New York University. Since then neither the American Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai Brith nor AIPAC, etc., have appointed a woman to a top professional position. While women were appointed to lay positions (mostly those who made major gifts), this has not happened in the Jewish professional community. I do not know why. Indeed, corporate America is much ahead of the Jewish community in this area.
During the last 25 years that I have been the senior vice president at NYU, I have found that in the academic world — as in corporate America — women are far more represented in top positions than in the Jewish community. Among the seven vice presidents at NYU, three, ­ including myself, were women.

Chair and Executive Director
NYU George H. Heyman,
Jr. Center
for Philanthropy and Fundraising

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