Jacob Berkman (JTA)


U Maryland Yiddish Program Stays Alive, Thanks to Cash Infusion

By Jacob Berkman (JTA)

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.Read More


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

By Jacob Berkman (JTA)

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.Read More


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

By Jacob Berkman (JTA)

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


Federations and Overseas Partners Reach Funding Deal

By Jacob Berkman (JTA)

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.Read More


Seinfeld, Midler To Headline Philly Museum’s Opening Bash

By Jacob Berkman (JTA)

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






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