Euphoria Over New Chancellor of JTS Is Tempered by Criticism and Concern

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.


New Study Finds More Jews in the United States Than Previously Thought

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.


In New Madoff Filings, Largest Beneficiary of Fraud Was Possibly Unaware of Ponzi Scheme

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.


Two Jewish Guys and an Arkansas Christmas Ritual

You don’t need flashing reindeer lawn ornaments to tell you it’s the happiest time of the year in Arkansas’s capital. Simply tune into FM 89 KUAR in December for the “Jewish Guys’ Chanukah Special,” with co-hosts Phil Kaplan and Leslie Singer.


Half of Madoff Losses Recovered After $7 Billion Settlement

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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