Back to Work: Madoff victim- Judy Rafferty, pictured here with her husband, Don, has hadtotakeajobasalegal secretary at age 67.

Victims Lose Faith That Government Protects

Much has been made of Madoff’s high-profile losers, but many of his victims were middle-class and working-class people who have been trying to cope after waking up on December 11, 2008, to discover that their financial future was suddenly unclear. The Forward spoke with more than a dozen of these individuals, and the predominant responses were anger and disappointment — not with Madoff, but with the government institutions that were meant to protect investors

The Boss: Nancy Falchuk is Hadassah?s national president.

Hadassah Changing the Way It Does Business

The collapse a year ago of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, in which Hadassah had invested $40 million and assumed it had $90 million to withdraw, was actually the second blow to an organization dependent on donations for its survival. The global financial crisis was the first and more significant.

Opening Up: In her interfaith marriage workshops Marion Usher prods couples to lay their identities on the table.

Intermarriage 101: No Line in the Sand

Marion Usher, a DC-based psychotherapist, leads interfaith couple workshops — already attended by 450 couples — that seek to erase the proverbial line in the sand in favor of inclusiveness.

Chelsea Clinton Will Join Diverse Mezvinsky Clan

With the recent announcement of Chelsea Clinton’s engagement to Marc Mezvinsky, extended family gatherings at the high-profile Clinton household look poised to become a lot more colorful.

A New Cause: Former Jewish refugee specialist Neil Grungras now seeks to aid gay and transgender people fleeing oppression.

From Jewish Exiles to Sexual Exiles

A former executive of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society is about to shake up the world of refugee aid. Longtime refugee advocate, Neil Grungras, founded the Organization for Refuge, Asylum, & Migration last January and it is on the verge of launching a historic global survey about prevailing attitudes toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender migrants.