Salary Study by Gender:
Advocacy and Education

Presenters Keter Torah Call-in Info Recording



Study of Rabbinic Salary Compensation By Gender

Study Reveals Salary Gender Gap in Reform Rabbinate

Do Women Outearn Men?

























June 21, 2012
Noon ET 
with Steven Fox, Ray Mayeri,
Evelyn F. Murphy, Hannah Riley Bowles,
Deborah Vagins and Irwin Zeplowitz 


Steven Fox:

Chief Executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis; works with the CCAR’s elected leadership to foster excellence in the Reform Rabbinate through efforts that enhance the personal and professional lives of rabbis; former attorney and professional mediator, with 18 years of experience advising individual rabbis and cantors, as well as congregations and other non-profits, on a variety of issues, including contract matters, employment disputes, board relations, charitable gifts and grants, and rabbinic wellness and other organizational concerns; skilled mediator, having addressed and helped to resolve many diverse and challenging disputes between rabbis, educators and congregations; served as an adjunct rabbi of Temple Isaiah in L.A., where he focused his work on deepening synagogue members’ spiritual lives and growth through Jewish meditation, contemplative practices and text study. Earlier, he served Temple Emanuel in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Temple Isaiah in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Ray Mayeri:

BA in economics from theUniversity o fCalifornia at Berkeley. During the last 20 years, he has pioneered the use of microcomputers and the Internet in gathering consumer and marketing research survey data and has established The Internet Poll, an active database for online surveys and other projects. Earlier in his career, he was Research Account Supervisor and Account Supervisor at Young & Rubicam in New York; and held managerial positions at marketing research and consumer packaged goods firms with an expertise in the analysis of markets and the development and introduction of new consumer products and services.

Evelyn F. Murphy:

President of The WAGE Project, Inc. a national, grassroots activist organization dedicated to eliminating the gender wage gap and author of Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men and What to Do About It,. In 1986, Evelyn Murphy was elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, becoming the first woman in the state’s 200 year history to hold constitutional office. Prior to that, no woman had ever been elected Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, or United States Senator in Massachusetts. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of  SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company and a Director of Citizens Energy Corporation. From 1975-1978, she served as Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs with responsibility for setting the state’s environmental policy and line management of 5,000 employees; and Secretary of Economic Affairs from 1983-1986, with responsibility for the state’s economic policies including her initiative to develop businesses engaged in biotechnology, marine sciences and photovoltaics.

Hannah Riley Bowles:  

Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; conducts research on gender in negotiation and the attainment of leadership positions; conducted case research on leadership in crisis and the management of complex multi-party conflicts; published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Psychological Science, and Journal of Behavioral Decision Making; faculty director of Women & Power, the Kennedy School's executive program for women leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors; recipient of the Kennedy School's 2003 Manuel Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching; a research associate at the Conflict Management Group and Harvard Business School; former technical advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources, Energy & Mines of Costa Rica and has been a fellow at the Argentinean National Institute of Public Administration, the West German Parliament, and Oxford University's Forestry Institute; she has a DBA from the Harvard Business School, an MPP from the Kennedy School, and a BA from Smith College.

Deborah Vagins: 


Senior Legislative Counsel on civil rights issues for the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office.  She has authored numerous articles and reports including: “Liberty and Economic Justice for All”; “Pay Equity: Restoration and Improvement” and “Working in the Shadows: Ending Employment Discrimination for LGBT Americans.” Prior to joining the ACLU in 2005, she served as the acting deputy general counsel and senior attorney-advisor to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Vagins and the staff conducted investigations and briefings to develop national policies regarding discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, disability, and religion.  Before working at the commission, Vagins was an associate in the employment discrimination and civil rights practice group at Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, where she litigated high-profile nationwide civil rights class actions. She represented more than 1.5 million women from Wal-Mart in the largest Title VII employment discrimination lass action in history. Prior to that, Vagins was an associate at Sidley & Austin in the civil, criminal and constitutional litigation practice group and founded the firm’s Committee for the Recruitment and Retention of Women. 

Irwin Zeplowitz:

CCAR member; Senior Rabbi at The Community Synagogue in Port Washington, New York; immediate past Chair of the Alumni Association of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; member of the Board of Governors of HUC-JIR; United Jewish Communities Rabbinic Cabinet; Chair of the Joint Commission on Sustaining Rabbinic Education of the CCAR and HUC-JIR; on the rabbinic cabinet of ARZA (the Association of Reform Zionists of America); past president of Canadian region of the CCAR; served on the editorial board of the CCAR Journal: A Reform Jewish Quarterly

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