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  • The Real Madoff Scandal: Charitable Hoarding

    March 18, 2009 | 5:52 pm

    Of all the shocks of the Bernie Madoff heist, perhaps none was more stunning than the list of victims. Among them were several Jewish foundations and many of our community’s most prominent nonprofits. The losses were staggering, and in some cases crippling.

    Yet the real Madoff...

  • Should Jews sue Jews?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 24, 2009 | 8:33 pm

    Last week I wrote an article about the Bernard Madoff investment scandal that quoted the leaders of local Jewish organizations that were invested in Madoff by the the Jewish Community Foundation regarding any actions they planned to take to recover their lost funds from the JCF.

  • Anger replaces shock as Madoff scam puts spotlight on charity boards

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 30, 2008 | 6:42 pm

    Anger has begun to supplant shock as those who contribute to prominent Jewish charities or work on their behalf gasp for comprehension of the unprecedented percussion that the Bernard L. Madoff investment fraud is having on their favorite causes.

    While Madoff himself is a primary...

  • Madoff’s Redemption

    By David Suissa

    December 24, 2008 | 2:47 am

    If you're an active member of the Jewish community -- and perhaps even if you're not -- there's almost no way to properly digest the Bernie Madoff scandal. It's like a quadruple shot of cheap vodka that you drink quickly on an empty stomach. You feel disgusted and drunk at the same...
  • Can you say fiduciary duty? Jewish nonprofits must follow new rules

    December 24, 2008 | 1:56 am

    Based on all reports, the evil criminality of Bernard Madoff has decimated the portfolios of hundreds of individuals and charitable organizations. The consequences for ongoing charitable programs and future gifts will be felt for many years to come.

    While there should be no limit to...

  • At least $600 million lost for Jewish charities

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 18, 2008 | 1:49 pm

    I’m not sure how, but the Jerusalem Post ran the numbers on what Bernard Madoff is going to cost Jewish charities. It’s a monster: at least $600 million. And that was before Hadassah reported yesterday that they lost $90 million.

    From the JPost:

    At least $600 million in Jewish...

  • Bush should pardon Mike Milken

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 18, 2008 | 3:38 am

    I sat alone in Michael Milken's office several years back and listened as he interrupted our conversation to take a phone call. It wasn't the first time.

    On an almost daily basis, surely no week passes without a fresh example, Milken and his colleagues personally field calls from...

  • Spielberg's Wunderkinder Foundation joins list of Madoff victims; Full text of statements from Federation and Jewish Community Foundation

    By Tom Tugend

    December 15, 2008 | 6:16 pm

    Steven Spielberg suffered some losses in the Bernard Madoff fraud scandal, though apparently nowhere near a rumored $300 million.

    However, the famed filmmaker's private Wunderkinder Foundation had some investments with Madoff, though Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy said he was unable...

  • Madoff scandal rocks Jewish philanthropic world

    December 15, 2008 | 4:20 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA) -- Tthe securities fraud of Bernard Madoff has rocked the Jewish nonprofit world -- and the worst may be yet to come.

    Madoff, the founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, was arrested Dec. 11 after admitting to his board that a hedge fund he ran was...

  • Israeli reporter: American Jews are ‘obsessed with money’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 25, 2008 | 12:57 pm

    Jewish federations, like all nonprofits, are feeling the hurt from the economic downturn. Months ago cutbacks led many organizations to pear down their travel budgets. But the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities, an annual gathering of North American Jewish federations,...

  • Sharon Stone, Howie Mandel, Arianna Huffington, William Kristol and Lenny Krayzelburg step up

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 21, 2008 | 4:25 pm

    Jewish TV Network honors Uni honcho Jeff Gaspin


    (From left) Howie Mandel;  Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer, Universal Studios; Bonnie Hammer; Jeff Gaspin, president and chief operating officer, Universal Television Group; Mark Graboff, co-chairman, NBC...

  • Worsening economy takes further toll on Jewish nonprofits

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 20, 2008 | 1:41 pm

    I was tied up last week writing a cover story about what the bad economy means for the Jewish community:

    These are tough times for all Americans. The drama working its way through the economy—surging gas and food prices, crises in the housing and financial markets, climbing...

  • Don’t cut support to innovative nonprofits

    November 19, 2008 | 3:32 am

    From New York to Los Angeles to San Francisco, the impact of the global financial crisis feels like an eerie parallel to the days after Sept. 11. No one knows whether the acute phase is over or whether there will be further shocks. For some, little has changed; for others, life will...
  • Perfect storm for charities— contributions go down and requests go up

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 19, 2008 | 2:50 am

    Rachel Bookstein didn't realize just how anxious she'd become wondering whether Beach Hillel in Long Beach would be able to raise the funds it needs this year.

    Contributions had declined -- $500 here, $100 there. Folks had been hard hit by the economic crisis and were paring down...

  • Can we help?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 19, 2008 | 2:21 am

    My desk is coated with letters of request: Adopt an animal at the zoo; come to a gala for the Jewish food bank; plant a tree in Israel; plant a tree in Los Angeles. Feed 50 meals to homeless people. Support public radio. Support the temple building fund. Support the school PTA, the...
  • Economic crisis affecting all strata in community

    By Lilly Fowler

    November 19, 2008 | 1:10 am

    Sabrina Bahir was never particularly well off, at least financially. Her loving, supportive parents still reside in a trailer park and live off disability.

    "I missed the Jewish American Princess boat," she joked.

    Bahir believed that gaining a graduate degree -- a master's in Jewish...

  • Movember starts Saturday

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 30, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Movember is about 36 hours away. To prepare, I shaved last night the beard I had accidentally grown during the second half of October. (Really, who has time to think about shaving?) My mismatched mustache joined the chin whiskers in the sink this morning.

    During Movember, when men...

  • Old traditions, new rules

    By Rob Eshman

    October 22, 2008 | 11:09 pm

    Topic No. 1 on the Sukkot circuit this year was the economy. How bad will it get? Who's pulling their kids out of day school? Where are you putting your money? What money?

    "I have a new word for my sukkah this year," a friend said as we walked into his simple bamboo-and-muslin hut:...

  • Could economic slump—which means less giving— kill Jewish community innovation?

    By Jacob Berkman

    October 10, 2008 | 12:39 am

    The past decade has seen a groundswell of innovative Jewish nonprofits -- from the birth of a Jewish pop culture magazine, Heeb, to the creation of a slew of trailblazing Jewish social service organizations, to an array of projects that allow Jews to express their Judaism through...
  • Sunday afternoon flag

    By The Web Guy

    September 25, 2008 | 3:50 am

  • Zucky’s and SOVA—knishes and compassion

    By Rachel Heller

    September 18, 2008 | 12:20 am

    Hy and Zucky Altman founded the SOVA food pantry program at a vacant Santa Monica bar in 1983. On opening day, the Altmans put all the food they had on the counter -- bagels, soup, canned goods -- waiting to serve the impoverished Jewish seniors they had gotten to know in the...
  • UJC seeks donations for hurricane victims

    September 16, 2008 | 7:42 pm

    United Jewish Communities begun a campaign for donations to help in the recovery from recent hurricanes.

    The umbrella organization of North America’s Jewish federation system is urging the 157 federations and 400 independent Jewish communities it serves to contribute to the effort,...

  • Moving beyond charity

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    September 3, 2008 | 10:11 pm

    One of the biggest misnomers in the Jewish vocabulary is the translation of tzedakah as "charity." This mistranslation has gone on for so long in the American< Jewish community that it's a hard habit to break. Most Hebrew school kids will give this answer when asked, much as they will say that mitzvah means "good deed" (another misnomer, for another column).

    Tzedakah is much more than charity since it comes from the word tzedek, which means "justice." When looked at in this light,...

  • Putting a $3 million lotto ticket in the offering plate

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 2, 2008 | 9:30 pm

    A mystery man won $3 million in the lottery, and then gave the winning ticket to his pastor at True North Community Church on Long Island.

    “Our congregation has outgrown its facility,” Pastor Bert Crabbe said. “We’re having four services a week and adding a fifth. We needed another...

  • With hard times ahead, nonprofit CEO salaries increased

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 6, 2008 | 10:53 am

    There is plenty of economic uncertainty in the nonprofit world. But as the economy slowed in 2006 and it became clear charitable funds would soon slip, nonprofit CEOs saw their salaries increase.

    Charity Navigator reports: “The top leaders of the 5,324 charities in America evaluated...

  • Economic ripples rock Jewish community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 28, 2008 | 4:38 pm


    My complaints a week ago about being really, really busy and a bit negligent of this blog were courtesy of this story I was writing about how the tumbling economy was hurting the Jewish community. Despite what anti-Semites presume, Jews aren’t made of money, and when Americans on the...

  • Q&A with showbiz power broker Irv Weintraub:  Why doesn’t Hollywood give Jewish?

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 17, 2008 | 1:08 am

    Irv Weintraub, chief operating officer of the William Morris Agency, talks about his distaste for business travel, the philanthropic flipside of Hollywood excess and why Jews in entertainment don't support Israel.

    The Jewish Journal: What's the best thing about your job?
  • No mo’ mustache

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 17, 2008 | 12:05 am

    Your votes are in and the verdict is clear: “Shave it off Greenberg. You look like Satan trying to seduce a ‘68 Mustang fastback at a used car lot off San Fernando Road.” So I did.

    You’ll notice the facial scruff is longer than the upper-lip shadow, and my “Jeff Kent pornstache” is gone for now. But it will be back in Movember. And I hope those of you who can will join me.

  • Meet my mustache

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 14, 2008 | 10:09 pm

    “Isn’t my mustache awesome?” I ask my old roommate, Ed Rhee.

    His face says it all: “It’s something, alright.”

    Something it is—and it’s not pretty. But it’s for a good cause. In Movember, I mean November, a charity that my wife is doing PR for, will raise millions for prostate cancer. Their method or gimmick or shtick is to get men to grow a mo for the month. I wanted to shave my beard Sunday, so I decided I’d give it a dry run. The results are to the side; your comments go below.

  • Hadassah Hospital inspires bar mitzvah charity project

    July 9, 2008 | 9:37 pm

    "Oprah's Big Give" challenges contestants to perform charitable acts by giving them money and resources. But Michael Feldman didn't need the artifice of a television show to inspire his desire for a genuine big give.

    The 13-year-old Santa Barbara boy used the occasion of his bar...

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