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  • Madoff’s ‘unspeakable evil’ shocks those who thought they knew him well

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 16, 2008 | 8:21 pm


    AP Video: How a Ponzi scheme works


    In April 2004, Bernard L. Madoff and his wife, Ruth, devised a plan to save Jewish lives.

    In the effort to bolster Gift of Life, a Florida-based nonprofit that maintains a unique Jewish bone marrow registry, the Madoffs funded and helped roll out an...

  • 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...

  • Is Bernie Madoff Jewish?  Very. Oy.

    By Rob Eshman

    December 12, 2008 | 5:02 pm


    Bernard Madoff at a 2007 roundtable discussion with Justin Fox, Ailsa Roell, Robert A. Schwartz, Muriel Seibert, and Josh Stampfli.

    "It's all just one big lie."

    With those words Bernard Madoff confessed to senior executives of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities that the $17...
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  • Agriprocessors closed—now where’s the beef?

    By Ben Harris

    November 20, 2008 | 2:49 am

    NEW YORK (JTA)--A supermarket in New Jersey with a large kosher section has shelves nearly empty of kosher beef. In New York, a kosher steakhouse says its customers are canceling reservations because choice cuts aren't always available. And the nation's largest kosher meat producer,...
  • Investment ‘diamond deal’ ends as four jailed on kidnap charges

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 15, 2008 | 10:46 pm

    UPDATE: Judge dismisses charges in ‘kidnap’ case. The problems for the Danialis and Lalezarians crested on the morning before Rosh Hashanah.

    By the start of the Jewish New Year, they were behind bars, accused of assaulting, kidnapping and holding for ransom a fellow Jew, whom...

  • Dear Mr. Bloggish, send me some dough

    By The Web Guy

    September 26, 2008 | 4:27 am

    Dear Mr. Bloggish:

    I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

    I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800...

  • PETA hidden camera exposé costs Agriprocessors support of key expert [VIDEO]

    By Ben Harris

    September 17, 2008 | 1:09 am

    An undercover video shot last month at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant has raised new questions about the company's slaughtering practices and cost it the support of one of the country's leading experts on animal welfare.

    Temple Grandin, an animal scientist who has served...

  • Grand Rabbi pleads not guilty

    By Tom Tugend

    December 30, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    LOS ANGELES - The Grand Rabbi of Spinka, head of a Brooklyn-based Chasidic sect, and five other men pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges of tax evasion and money laundering.

    Naftalie Tzi Weisz, the 59-year old grand rabbi, and the other accused appeared in U.S. District Court...

  • Sympathy for the Devil?

    By David Klinghoffer

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A rule in Jewish law holds that when all the judges on the Jewish high court unanimously condemned an accused criminal, he must be set free. The very unanimity was suspicious and called into question the justice of the proceedings.

    Talk about unanimity. By now thousands of published...

  • Fraud Arrest at Kabbalah Centre

    By Tom Tugend

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Tel Aviv police have arrested the director of the Israel Kabbalah Centre, following complaints that he had fraudulently exploited a dying cancer patient and her husband.

    According to Israel media reports, the director, Shaul Youdkevitch, extracted more than $60,000 from Leah Zonis...

  • Redemption

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sixteen years ago, Mark Borovitz was in prison for the second time. A Cleveland native, he began selling stolen goods for the Cleveland mob out of his high school locker, then graduated to con games and hustles. In prison, he came under the influence of Rabbi Mel Silverman and began...

  • Fraudulent Friend

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    After being left a quadriplegic in a car accident in 1993, 53-year-old Alice Wintz received an insurance settlement that she thought would, with careful investing, leave her financially secure for life.

    So she asked money manager Reed Slatkin to invest her settlement. Wintz and her...

  • Car Alarm

    By Tom Tugend

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    You've read the newspaper ads or heard the pitches on the radio:Donate your old car to our worthy charity, which aidsorphans/immigrants/homeless/the halt and the lame, and enjoy agenerous tax write-off.

    The American Red Cross is doing it, as is the National KidneyFoundation, Jewish...

  • A Russian Godfather?

    By Larry Derfner

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    To the general Israeli public, the "Lerner Affair" reveals the frightening tentacles of the Russian mafia in Israel, and the danger it poses to this country's economic and political system. To many in the Russian immigrant community, however, the Lerner Affair is a case of harassment...
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