Gaza Rebuilding Sparks Contest Among Israel, Hamas and Palestinian Authority

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority are vying to head the reconstruction efforts in Gaza. Many in Israel are hoping that the reconstruction will be led by the P.A., which will be strengthened by getting credit for the estimated $2 billion effort.

HE WAS TRUSTED: Ezri Namvar lost the life savings of many in L.A.?s Iranian Jewish community.

Iranian Jews Hurt by One of Their Own

In recent months, the broader American Jewish community has reeled from the financial tsunami wrought by Bernard Madoff, the alleged perpetrator of a $50 billion Ponzi scheme that stripped the coffers of Jewish charities and wiped out the savings of individuals from New York to Florida. Meanwhile, Beverly Hills-based Iranian-Jewish community has grappled with its own financial catastrophe in light of revelations that one of its own may have lost some $400 million of the community members’ money.

Mitchell’s First Visit All About Building Trust

Judging by the headlines in Israel’s daily tabloids, the first task of President Obama’s new Middle East envoy is earning the trust of the Israelis.

On the London Stage, New Depiction Of Fagin Revives an Old Stereotype

He is one of the most infamous antisemitic caricatures of all time, a devious hook-nosed villain rivaled in stereotypical notoriety by only Shakespeare’s Shylock.

TOUGH CALL: ?It?s the system that requires us to... defend people who are at times vilified.?

Madoff’s Lawyer Plays Both Sides of the Court

There is perhaps no man in America as reviled and scrutinized as Bernard Madoff, the investor who has reportedly confessed to bilking investors out of some $50 billion. Hoards of photographers have made a habit of amassing outside his Upper East Side apartment building and the federal courthouse for his brief and occasional appearances.