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Madoff victims selling antique Judaica

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 16, 2009 | 10:25 pm

From yesterday’s New York Post:

BELIEVE it or not, one industry actually benefited from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Antique auctioneer Jonathan Greenstein told Page Six rare Judaic artifacts that “haven’t seen the light of day in generations” are surfacing in light of the desperate times some collectors are facing. Two victims, Rabbi Alexander Schindler and wife Rhea, “lost a substantial sum of money” with Madoff, said Greenstein. They now plan to recoup some cash by putting an ancient Torah crown and a diamond-encrusted Torah pointer from Amsterdam up for auction

“When a rabbi has to sell off his artifacts,” Lilit Marcus responded at Jewcy, “what have we come to?”

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