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No. 53: The Archvillain of the American Jewish Experience

Yehuda Kurtzer brings together journalists and a filmmaker to reflect on the life of Bernie Madoff.
Yehuda Kurtzer, Felix Salmon, Ben Sales, Alicia Jo Rabins
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish history and Jewish memory, and on questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life. Yehuda led the creation of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America in 2010 as a pioneering research and educational center for the leadership of the North American Jewish community, and teaches in

Felix Salmon

Ben Sales

Alicia Jo Rabins

Bernie Madoff died in prison last week, serving what amounted to a life sentence for one of the most heinous and infamous white-collar crimes in U.S. history. In this week’s episode, Yehuda Kurtzer speaks with Felix Salmon (Axios, Slate Money) and Ben Sales (JTA) about his crimes and victims, and with Alicia Jo Rabins about her recent film, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff.

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Launched in early 2020, Identity/Crisis is a weekly roundtable podcast that explores the ideas behind the news hosted by Shalom Hartman Institute of North America President Yehuda Kurtzer. Episodes cover a wide range of topics and feature experts and content related to news and current events.

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