Madoff, The Tragic Hero?

02/09/2016 - 11:31
Special To The Jewish Week

Something strange happened to me. I went to sleep one evening and woke up in a parallel universe in which Bernard Madoff was considered a tragic hero.

George Robinson

Madoff, The Song Cycle

Alicia Jo Rabins’ one-woman show reflects on the Ponzi schemer’s story through a variety of lenses.
10/31/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Book Critic

Just a few years ago, Alicia Jo Rabins didn’t know much about the workings of Wall Street; she hadn’t yet heard of Bernard Madoff. But when the story of the largest Ponzi scheme in history unfolded, the musician, poet, Jewish educator — and admittedly broke artist — was captivated by the details of Madoff’s fraud.

Alicia Jo Rabins

The Book On Bernie

08/31/2009 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor
Within weeks of Bernard Madoff’s arrest last December, Andrew Kirtzman had signed a deal with Harper Collins to tell the story. The veteran New York journalist, who has worked for the Daily News, NY1 and most recently WCBS News, spent the next seven months sifting through the wreckage of the con man’s life, from his childhood neighborhood of Laurelton, Queens, to Palm Beach, Fla., which became a feeding ground for Madoff’s multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme. Kirtzman, 48, spoke to N.Y. Minute about “Betrayal: The Life and Lies of Bernie Madoff,” which was No.

Hadassah Reveals $130 Million Windfall From Madoff

01/13/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, may have lost $90 million invested with Bernard Madoff, but over the last 20 years it withdrew $130 million from that account, The Jewish Week has learned. “We had no idea how much we had pulled out until a few days ago,” said a source close to the organization. The source said Hadassah “went back through its books, year by year, to check all the records” to learn how much was withdrawn after receiving many calls from members upset with the $90 million loss.

‘We Could Become A Target’

12/22/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Just days after Bernard Madoff’s arrest, senior lay and professional leaders of Hadassah huddled here to determine the extent of their loss and to figure out how they ever invested with him in the first place. The amount lost was staggering — $90 million. There was no way to sugar coat it. The group had already delayed release of the figure by a couple of days. A big concern was how Hadassah’s 300,000 members would react. Most of them are senior citizens who, it was believed, would be less than sympathetic to the way their money was handled.

Learning From ‘Vile Economic Exploitation’

12/22/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
He was all of Joseph’s brothers rolled into one. He, of course, is Bernie Madoff. And his alleged betrayal of his financial brothers, so to speak, seems biblical in proportion — perhaps $50 billion, much of it from Madoff’s friends, people he had recruited from the country clubs of Palm Beach, Fla., and Long Island and the pews of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, among other places.

A Grim Toll Of Losses

12/16/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Just hours after the arrest last Thursday of legendary financier Bernard Madoff, the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation in Boca Raton, Fla., began receiving calls from major donors who had lost huge sums in Madoff’s $50 billion fraud scheme.

Hadassah Weathering The Storm

03/10/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
After seeing the value of its endowment plunge in the economic downturn and losing $90 million entrusted to disgraced Wall Street money manager Bernard Madoff, Hadassah is turning to its donors for help. “We want to continue to cultivate the million-dollar donors, but the grassroots supporters will get us through this,” said Nancy Falchuk, Hadassah’s national president, in an interview on Monday.

After Madoff Sentencing, Trauma Persists

06/30/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Stephanie Halio of Boca Raton, Fla., said her biggest fear after the sentencing Monday of Bernard Madoff to 150 years in prison is that "we will be forgotten." The "we" are the victims he defrauded in his estimated $65 billion epic fraud, a disproportionate number of whom are Jewish. Nearly 9,000 victims’ claims have been filed, but the total number of people affected is estimated in the tens of thousands.

Madoff joins Pollard at NC jail

The nation’s two most famous Jewish inmates are now sharing an address: FCI Butner.

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