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U Maryland Yiddish Program Stays Alive, Thanks to Cash Infusion

After fears that the school would have to cancel its classes in Yiddish after this spring’s semester, the University of Maryland has managed to raise enough money to keep the program going at least through 2013.

Picower Estate To Return $7 Billion 'Earned' in Madoff Scam

The estate of one of the largest beneficiaries of Bernard Madoff’s multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme, Jeffrey Picower, has agreed to return $7 billion to Madoff’s victims.

Hadassah Will Pay Back $45 Mil in Madoff 'Profits'

Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America will pay back $45 million of the money it made in the Bernard Madoff scam.

Federations and Overseas Partners Reach Funding Deal

The Jewish Federations of North America and its two primary overseas partners have reached an agreement in principle over how to divide the money raised by local federations.

Seinfeld, Midler To Headline Philly Museum’s Opening Bash

Two of the country’s most famous Jewish performers will highlight the opening of one of the most ambitious Jewish museum projects in years.

Bruce Pearl, Popular College Basketball Coach, Mired in Scandal

Bruce Pearl, a big-time college basketball coach and spokesman for Jewish causes, was a week or so early on his mea culpas during the Yom Kippur season.

ADL Comes Out Against Islamic Center Near Ground Zero

The Anti-Defamation League has issued a statement opposing the building of a mosque near the World Trade Center memorial site.

$7 Million Fraud at Claims Conference Raises Questions

After discovering $7 million in fraudulent payments, the Claims Conference is facing questions about whether it will recover the money and how extensive the fraud actually was.

AJCongress Staff Received Little Notice That Operations Would Be Suspended

When the board of the American Jewish Congress decided to suspend its operations last week, it didn’t give its staff much notice.

Israeli Conversion Bill Moves Ahead Alarming Opponents

Opponents of a controversial bill that could give the Orthodox Rabbinate the final say over conversions in Israel are trying to keep the bill from moving ahead in the Israeli Knesset after its surprise introduction and passage by a Knesset committee.