The Jewish Federations of North America

The Jewish Federations of North America represents 153 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam(repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).


Jerry Silverman Gerrald (Jerry) Silverman is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Jewish Federations of North America. He is a highly experienced leader in the North American Jewish community and longtime corporate executive, with over 25 years of experience.

Before joining The Jewish Federations, Jerry served as president of the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

For a decade before that, Jerry held a range of executive positions at the Stride Rite Corp. of Boston, including president of its international division; president, Stride Rite Children’s Group, and president, Keds Corp. Between 1979 and 1994, Jerry held several senior executive positions at Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco, including national sales manager of Levi Dockers.

Over the years, Jerry has been on the boards of a range of organizations, both in the public and private sector as well.

Jerry is married to Erica Silverman and is the father of five children ranging in age from 20-28.