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Ruth Cole

Ruth Cole, the president of the State Association of Jewish Federations, supplied the following information:

“¢ There are two female executive directors, out of 12, of Jewish federations in New Jersey – Gerri Bamira of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County and Diane Naar of the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties.

“¢ In the country, there are 54 female executive directors out of 157. This number reflects the fact that there are, in some cases, acting co-executive directors. For example, in Washington, D.C. there is a female acting executive director.

“¢ If the numbers are broken down by city size, the statistics are as follows:

Female executive directors in large cities: 2

Male executive directors in large cities: 18

Female executive directors in large intermediate cities: 2

Male executive directors in large intermediate cities: 17

Female executive directors in intermediate cities: 17

Male executive directors in intermediate cities: 41

Female executive directors in small cities: 33

Male executive directors in small cities: 30

Based on the numbers, according to Cole, women represent about one-third of the total, albeit they head mostly smaller and intermediate-sized agencies. “I think this indicates a trend in recent years of more women heads,” she told The Jewish Standard.

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