Madoff’s Victims Speak Out

Veterans, widowers, parents, the elderly and the sick. They are hardworking people who believed in living within their means, saving for a rainy day and putting money aside for their grandchildren’s college tuition. From across the country, victims of Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme wrote in painful detail of their hardship and losses as they implored U.S. District Judge Denny Chin to give Madoff the maximum prison time allowed by law, 150 years, at his June 29 sentencing.

Bankrupt Agriprocessors Slated for Sale

The troubled kosher meat company Agriprocessors is set to be sold to a new Jewish owner. Agriprocessors has been owned by the Brooklyn-based Rubashkin family, but it went bankrupt last fall after a massive immigration raid at the company’s Postville, Iowa, slaughterhouse.

Shimon Peres, Songwriter?

If Shimon Peres ever seemed distracted during a Cabinet meeting, Israelis now know why: He was busy writing song lyrics on the side.

Surf’s Up

On June 20, Israeli windsurfer Shahar Zubari won the gold medal at the 2009 R:SX European Championships in Tel Aviv. The Eliat native beat out French windsurfer Julien Bontemps, who had finished ahead of Zubari in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Urban Kibbutz Puts Down Roots

It’s seen its share of ups and downs, but the kibbutz movement is now alive and well — in Seattle.

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