Monday, November 9, 2009

Bernie "It Was Too Good To Be True" Madoff at the MJJC

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Nobody could believe it — the profits: $65 billion. Nobody wanted to believe it — the scam: a Ponzi scheme. The scam artist: "Uncle Bernie" aka Bernard Madoff.

Erin Arvedlund: She didn't believe those profits either, so she investigated Madoff for Barron's back in 2001, but the SEC wouldn't follow up on her or anyone's suspicions. And now, Arvedlund's written about Madoff again. The book's called Too Good To Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff, and on Thursday, November 12th, at 7 p.m., Arvedlund is in Memphis to discuss Madoff and sign copies of her book at the Memphis Jewish Community Center.

Arvedlund is one of several authors in town to participate in the MJCC's 2009 "Celebration of Jewish Life," at the center November 12th-22nd. And if Madoff is no laughing matter, author Malcolm Lindy is. He's written The Temple President, which mixes humor with questions about the nature of God, anti-Semitism, and religious traditions. He'll be on hand on November 15th.

Visit the lands of the Jewish diaspora (and take a culinary journey while you're at it) in Tina Wasserman's
Entree to Judaism
on November 16th. And on November 17th, gain a fresh perspective on Jewish life in psychologist Ernest H. Adams' memoir, From Ghetto to Ghetto: An African American Journey to Judaism.

There's more this year to celebrate at the MJCC's "Celebration of Jewish Life": a showing of the film adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer's Enemies: A Love Story; a book fair; a holiday bazaar of hand-crafted gift items; and food at the Holy Cow cafe.

The Memphis Jewish Community Center is at 6560 Poplar. For more information on the 2009 "Celebration of Jewish Life," call the MJCC at 761-0810 or visit

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