Covering the Madoff Scandal

Published December 02, 2009.
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December 11 marks the one-year anniversary of Bernard Madoff’s arrest on fraud charges.

In the days following his arrest, the Forward provided robust reporting on the multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme’s impact on the Jewish community and its organizations. Early coverage probed Madoff’s communal connections, tallied organizational losses and took readers inside Madoff’s Upper East Side penthouse, which has since been seized by U.S. Marshals.

During the past year, the Forward has sought to cover the scandal from all sides — in news, features and opinion pieces, in print and online. The Madoff affair was even the subject of a comic strip —and a subsequent news illustration — by the Forward’s Eli Valley, and an article in our Purim spoof, Backward.

What follows is a list of the Forward’s articles and blog posts on the Madoff scandal, beginning with our most recent coverage, as well as a related photo gallery.

– Gabrielle Birkner

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12/2/09Few Charities Go Public With Policies for Reform (News)

12/2/09Victims Lose Faith That Government Protects (News)

12/2/09Hadassah Changing the Way It Does Business (News)

10/28/09Picower’s Death Adds to Mystery: Who Else Knew of Madoff Fraud? (News)

10/21/09Trick or Treyf: Madoff Mask a Hit for Halloween (The Shmooze)

10/21/09Bernie Madoff and Jonathan Pollard Are Prison Pals, Filing Says (Bintel Blog)

10/13/09The Madoff Mash (Bintel Blog)

10/7/09Should Madoff’s Winners Give Back to Losers? (News)

8/29/09Charities Hurt by Madoff May Have To Return Funds (News)

7/6/09In Defense of Ruth Madoff (Sisterhood)

7/1/09In the Courtroom: Torment and Dante’s Hell (News)

7/1/09For Madoff’s Victims, Here’s a Guide to the Complex World of Legal Restitution (News)

6/30/09Madoff Décor: ‘Queens Baroque’ at Home; Austere at the Office (Bintel Blog)

6/26/09On Madoff, Charity and Morality (Bintel Blog)

6/24/09Madoff’s Victims Speak Out (News)

6/18/09Growing Up Madoff (Bintel Blog)

6/4/09Madoff Look-alike Lands Film’s Title Role (Shmooze)

5/22/09J. Ezra Merkin, and What Passes for Gallantry (Bintel Blog)

4/24/09Was Norman Levy in on Bernie Madoff’s Scam? (Bintel Blog)

4/6/09Merkin’s Legal Woes (Bintel Blog)

3/25/09Saving Our Money for Madoff? (Forward Forum)

3/25/09The Pity of Bernie Madoff (Forward Forum)

3/20/09Just Be Glad Your Last Name Is Not Madoff (Bintel Blog)

3/17/09For Madoff Victims, Tax Breaks and Osso Buco (Bintel Blog)

3/15/09Madoff Scheme Brings to Light Jewish Artifacts (Bintel Blog)

3/12/09Thanking Mr. Madoff (Bintel Blog)

3/12/09Madoff: The Most Unpopular Prisoner (Bintel Blog)

3/11/09Cleaning Toilets, and Other Victim Fantasies

3/11/09Zeroing in on Possible Madoff Co-Conspirators (Bintel Blog)

3/4/09ADL Bestows Honor on Madoff (Backwards: A Purim Spoof)

2/23/09When Merkin Met Madoff (Bintel Blog)

2/6/09Madoff’s Lawyer Not Part of ‘Madoff Diaspora,’ After All (Bintel Blog)

1/29/09Who Lost What With Madoff Courtesy of Nick Kristof’s College Housemate (Bintel Blog)

1/28/09Madoff’s Lawyer Plays Both Sides of the Court (News)

1/28/09The Shonda! (Arts)

1/22/09Discussing Madoff (On the Go)

1/20/09Bernard Madoff, the Condiment (Bintel Blog)

1/15/09The Long Arm of Halacha: Jewish Law and the Madoff Scandal (Forward Forum)

1/15/09Mrs. Madoff’s Kitchen Controversy (Bintel Blog)

1/8/09AJCongress Crippled by Madoff Scandal (News)

1/7/2009Madoff Scandal Sends Sheytl-Wearing Banker Into Hiding (Bintel Blog)

12/31/08Charities Change Course After Madoff (News)

12/26/08Wither the Mega-Donor? (Bintel Blog)

12/24/08Cringing at Madoff, and Counting Cabinet Jews (Forward Forum)

12/24/08We Are All Madoff’s Enablers (Forward Forum)

12/20/08Billion-Dollar Foundation To Shutter Amid Madoff Woes (Bintel Blog)

12/18/08Tallying the Jewish Communal Losses (News)

12/18/08Other People’s Money (Editorial)

12/18/08What Sort of Man? Madoff on the Couch (News)

12/18/08Sconces and Scrapbooks: A Visit to the Madoffs (News)

12/18/08Merkin Seen as Enabler for Madoff (News)

12/18/08Madoff Scandal Rips Apart Close World of Jewish Philanthropy (News)

12/17/08Charities, Day Schools Hard Hit by Madoff Scandal (News)

12/16/08What Bernie Madoff Eats for Dinner (Bintel Blog)

12/12/08Madoff Arrest Sends Shockwaves Through Jewish Philanthropy (News)

12/12/08Big Donor Gone Bad? (Bintel Blog)


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