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  • Bernie Madoff Goes to Butner

    By Rob Eshman

    July 14, 2009 | 4:50 pm

    Authorities transferred Bernard Madoff to the Federal prison in Butner, S.C. today. Curious about what his life inside will be like?  These descriptioons are culled from a prisoner’s web site.  No word yet on whether Madoff will be kept in Medium or Low Security, so here’s noth:

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  • Madoff Enters the Sentenced Land

    By JewishJournal.com

    July 14, 2009 | 2:01 pm

    From NYTimes.com:

    The convicted swindler Bernard L. Madoff arrived at a federal prison in Butner, N.C., on Tuesday to start serving a 150-year sentence.

    A spokeswoman for Federal Bureau of Prisons, Linda Thomas, said Mr. Madoff arrived at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex on Tuesday morning, after a brief stay at an Atlanta prison while in transit from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan.  Read the full story at NYTimes.com.

  • Madoff Gets 150 Years in Prison

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 29, 2009 | 12:41 pm

    by Jacob Berkman, JTA

    Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in jail, the maximum sentence allowed for his crimes.

    U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin during Monday’s sentencing called Madoff’s crimes “staggering.”

    Madoff, 71, confessed to bilking investors of up to $65...

  • The Sentencing of Bernie Madoff

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 29, 2009 | 12:20 pm

    From HuffingtonPost.com:

    Victims who lost millions of dollars in the multibillion-dollar fraud perpetrated by Bernard Madoff described their ruined lives Monday to the judge sentencing the 71-year-old former Nasdaq stock market chairman.

    Madoff, wearing a dark suit, white shirt and a tie, sat and listened as emotional witnesses described how he spoiled their security, and they urged U.S. District Judge Denny Chin to send him to prison for life. Read the full story at HuffingtonPost.com.

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  • Madoff’s Secretary Squeals…Sorta [VIDEO]

    By Susan Freudenheim

    May 6, 2009 | 5:38 pm

    Eleanor Squillari, Bernie Madoff’s personal assistant spilled few beans on the Today Show this morning, but she did her best to make it seem like she was.

    “I know that he knew it was all going down,” she said, explaining that after Madoff’s office had been searched and...

  • Wiesel and Foundation Receive Generous Support

    By Tom Tugend

    March 30, 2009 | 3:10 pm

    After Elie Wiesel lost more than $7 million of his personal fortune in the Bernard Madoff scandal, and his foundation took a $15.2 million hit, the Nobel Prize winner roundly cursed the Ponzi scheme artist, but he has now discovered a redeeming aspect to the financial blow.

    Wiesel...

  • 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...

  • Is Jim Cramer Jewish?

    By Rob Eshman

    March 14, 2009 | 10:28 pm

    Google the question, “Is Jim Cramer Jewish?”  Go ahead—about 500,000 web surfers already have.  For a long time, the first result to pop up was a forum entry at stormfront.something-or-other, the Internet’s safe harbour for Frustrated White Males.  The entry offers only this...

  • Surviving Madoff

    By Rob Eshman

    March 11, 2009 | 9:54 pm

    On Tuesday came word that Bernard Madoff, accused of running the largest Ponzi scheme in history, would plead guilty to charges that would result in a life sentence.

    That settles much, and settles nothing.

    Still left unanswered are at least three questions: Where the $50 billion...

  • Friedman, Karatz Criminal Charges Rock L.A. Philanthropic Community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 11, 2009 | 6:38 pm

    On March 4, Bruce Friedman, a Sherman Oaks-based mortgage banker, was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with orchestrating a $216 million real estate investment fraud.

    The news came as yet another big blow to Los Angeles’ philanthropic community, as...

  • Move over Madoff, L.A. gets its own indicted philanthropist

    By Adam Wills

    March 5, 2009 | 6:06 pm

    Sherman Oaks-based mortgage banker Bruce Friedman, whose Friedman Charitable Foundation committed $10 million to the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles and $1 million to Brandon’s Village, a special-needs park in Calabasas, was indicted on securities fraud charges today by the...

  • Jeffrey Katzenberg: Madoff did ‘extraordinary damage’

    By The Web Guy

    January 8, 2009 | 7:09 pm

    Jeffrey Katzenberg is not a happy mogul, at least according to Bloomberg News:

    Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., said personal losses from investments with Bernard Madoff did “extraordinary damage” to his philanthropic efforts.

    “The...

  • Gaza, Madoff, Menschen and Muslims

    January 8, 2009 | 5:27 pm

    Situation in Gaza

    We call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza and Israel ("Gaza Outcomes," Jan. 2). Hamas' rocket attacks on Israel, chiefly aimed at civilians, are a gross violation of international law.

    We recognize that the State of Israel has the right to defend...
  • Madoff’s victims weren’t all rich—I got ripped off, too

    By Tom Tugend

    January 7, 2009 | 4:47 pm

    The victims of Bernard L. Madoff’s fraud includes no small number of boldface names and institutional investors.

    There are Hollywood moguls Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, financiers Fred Wilpon and Henry Kaufman, and actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.

    Then there were...

  • Feds want bail revoked as Madoff mails $1 million in bling out of town

    By The Web Guy

    January 5, 2009 | 6:11 pm

    From the AP:

    Prosecutors in New York are asking a judge to put Bernard Madoff behind bars without bail.

    They told the judge today that the disgraced financier had violated bail conditions by mailing about a million dollars worth of jewelry and other assets to relatives.

    Madoff’s...

  • Madoff memorabilia up for grabs on eBay.com

    By The Web Guy

    January 4, 2009 | 6:20 pm

    Dear anti-Semites:

    If you can't touch the hem of his garment, you can at least sport the golf cap of his company, Madoff Investment Securities.

    Or perhaps store your Cuban cigars in a Madoff desktop humidor.

    Only in America.

    And only on eBay.
  • Ex-office manager: Madoff most ‘anally retentive’ person

    By The Web Guy

    January 3, 2009 | 6:51 pm

    “Bernie is the most anally retentive person I have ever met, ” ex London office manager Julia Fenwick told the U.K.‘s Daily Mail

    ‘On the occasions he visited London, we’d spend days before his arrival levelling the blinds, making sure the computer screens were an identical height,...

  • The fault lies in our stars—stars like Bernie Madoff

    December 31, 2008 | 4:57 pm

    Holiday Cover

    I was not totally surprised by The Journal's holiday cover showing a guy dressed in a red sweater and tartan pants ("True Confessions of a Real Jew," Dec. 19). Festooned in golden glitter, he held a stick of candy cane in one hand and a quart of eggnog, complete with...
  • Once in a lifetime

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 31, 2008 | 3:19 pm

    I don't know about you, but I've had it up to here with once-in-a-lifetime events.

    Katrina was once in a lifetime. The 2004 tsunami was once in a lifetime. This past year's wildfires were the worst blazes in living memory. Every other month seems to bring an epic rain or snow that is...

  • 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...

  • Iranian Jewish community split as creditors force Ezri Namvar into bankruptcy

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 30, 2008 | 4:46 pm

    Businessman and philanthropist Ezri Namvar was once a pillar of the local Iranian Jewish community, a trusted friend to whom many in the community loaned freely and without fear.

    Now Namvar and his investment company, Namco Capital Group, Inc., are accused of losing as much as $400...

  • Mergers and consolidations for congregations—it’s the economy, stupid [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 28, 2008 | 4:03 pm

    Friend of Bloggish Anita Susan Brenner writes:

    This week, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the leader of the Union for Reform Judaism, suggested that due to the post-Madoff economic crisis, some communities "may no longer be able to afford multiple synagogues." The solution is to merge Reform and...
  • Madoff,  Christmas, Chanukah and Hebron

    December 25, 2008 | 8:01 pm

    A Very Jewish Christmas

    I fully enjoyed Elon Gold's story, "Don't Feel Bad! I Love Christmas, Too!" (Dec. 19). He left out that Christmas is the one time a year when millions of people worldwide celebrate the birth of a Jew.

    Jason Levi
    Northridge


    Chanukah Cover

    The Chanukah cover...
  • Jewish Money

    By Rob Eshman

    December 24, 2008 | 2:57 am

    Give Bernard Madoff credit for one good deed: As much as his self-confessed Ponzi scheme revealed weaknesses in the Jewish world, it also laid bare many of our strengths.

    Trials and tribulations tend to do just that -- bring to light the good, the bad, the ugly. When some people...

  • 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...
  • The Four Big Madoff Questions:
    Who's to blame, how much is lost, where's the money, will it occur again?

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 24, 2008 | 2:33 am

    Why is this fraud different from all other frauds?

    The Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme will definitely rewrite the record books when it comes to its dollar size, duration, number of victims, concentration within the Jewish community and, yes, the mountain of legal fees it generates....

  • Financial tsunami shakes Jewish Community Foundation

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 24, 2008 | 2:26 am

    The stock market had been hammered for more than a year, but the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) was doing relatively well, David Polak, chair of the JCF's investment committee, told the board of directors early this month.

    The JCF's common investment pool, which manages the...

  • Big legal trouble ahead for victimized charities and investors

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 24, 2008 | 2:18 am

    Alot of very determined people are already looking to recover money on behalf of victims of the Bernard L. Madoff swindle.

    Their hunt will unquestionably lead them to the doors of many well-known Jewish charities and wealthy investors who had the misfortune of investing with or...

  • Pyramid power (not)

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 24, 2008 | 2:12 am

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