Ask people about Arnold Eisen, chancellor of the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, and many compare him to Barack Obama. Both started in their current jobs as the economy was crashing, faced daunting challenges not of their making and were brought in to create change.32
There are more Jews in the United States than widely thought — 20 percent more. That’s the major finding in a new study conducted by the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University, which says that there are now 6.5 million Jews in America, 1 million more than the last time a major count was attempted.46
Jeffry Picower, the late investor who earned more than even Bernard Madoff did from the fraudster’s huge Ponzi scheme, has long been accused by the court appointed trustee in the Madoff case of knowing the operation was a fraud. But a new filing by the trustee following his settlement with the Picower estate suggests that Picower may just have been an innocent Madoff victim after all.11
Federal prosecutors and a court-appointed trustee have recovered nearly half of the estimated $20 billion in funds lost in Bernard Madoff’s multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme.
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