Shame on Central Synagogue for Hosting the Madoff Family

On the cover of today’s New York Post is news and pictures of Peter Madoff spending Shabbat on Lexington Avenue at Central Synagogue.  Peter was Bernie’s right-hand man for 40 years and is headed to jail in a few weeks – he made over $40 Million from 1998 to 2008.One wonders why Central Synagogue allowed Peter into their building – and how much they were paid by the bat-mitzvah girl’s mom, Shana Madoff who made at least $15 Million over the last few years from the scheme?

As CEO of 5WPR, I would have told Central Synagogue not to allow the Madoff family to host their bar mitzvah in their building.  And as a Jew, I’d say why allow him on the bima and near a Torah?

Marion Wiesel, the wife of the Nobel Peace Prize-winner Elie Wiesel whose foundation lost $15.2 million in the fraud said the Madoff crime caused “the immediate and dramatic loss of a lifetime’s worth of work and savings.” In the Jewish community victims included the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, numerous day schools and charities, many Jews all over the country. Avraham Infeld said “Madoff “obliterated” long-standing charitable foundations for Jewish causes in Israel, Eastern Europe and North America.

Shame on Central Synagogue. Read more of my feelings on this at: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/shame-on-ny-central-synagogue-for-permitting-peter-shana-madoff-into-synagogue/

Ronn Torossian is a New York based entrepreneur and author.

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Ronn Torossian About the Author: Ronn Torossian is the CEO of NY based 5W Public Relations, 1 of the 25 largest PR Agencies in the US. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a Jewish philanthropist and active in a number of worldwide Jewish organizations. More about Ronn Follow Ronn on: Facebook Google Plus Amazon RonnTorossian.com

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