January 2009 Contents
1. Op-ed: The Real Cost of the Madoff Scandal by Gary Tobin
2. Teaching Religion: U.S. Textbooks Distort History, Christianity by Tony Blankley
3. More Articles about the Madoff Scandal
Message from Dr. Gary Tobin
The real tragedy of the Madoff scandal is not a Jewish one. American Jews are embedded into every fabric of American life, especially in its philanthropic world.
Jewish charities are wounded, not devastated. Over all, the Jewish philanthropic network consists of thousands of nonprofit groups with total budgets in the tens of billions. Jewish foundations have additional tens of billions in assets.
It would be foolish to pass new regulations to crack down on the investment practices of all charities in response to the Madoff meltdown. We do not need more burdensome audits, reporting rules, or restrictions on donors.
Dr. Gary A. Tobin, President
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Scandal in Philanthropy
Gary Tobin has been called upon over the last few weeks to provide expert commentary for numerous news outlets regarding the Bernard L. Madoff scandal. Read Dr. Tobin's opinion piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy and watch his interview as a guest commentator on Fox Business Network below.
Scandal in Textbooks
Read Tony Blankley's glowing opinion piece in the Washington Times about The Trouble with Textbooks and listen to Dennis Ybarra's interview on KIRO, Seattle in this issue of the Quad.
The Trouble with Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion, based on The Institute's five-year study of 28 history, geography, and social studies textbooks continues to garner media attention. These most widely used textbooks in America's schools present a distorted view of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and the Middle East
Op-ed: The Real Cost of the Madoff Scandal
: by Gary Tobin
Charities' Loss of Trust and Stability Is the True Damage of the Madoff Scandal
By Gary Tobin, January 15, 2009
Now that nearly a month has passed since news of the Bernard Madoff scam broke, it is time to put the scandal in perspective. Much has been written about the horrific effects on Jewish philanthropy, and how the fraud reaches deep into Jewish nonprofit life.
But the real tragedy of the Madoff scandal is not a Jewish one, because American Jews are embedded into every fabric of American life, especially in its philanthropic world.
Link to the full article
Tony Blankley on The Trouble with Textbooks
Blankley: Teaching Religion: U.S. Textbooks Distort History, Christianity
By Tony Blankley, December 23, 2008
I recently read a book that deserves the widest possible readership. The book is "The Trouble with Textbooks - Distorting History and Religion" by Gary A. Tobin and Dennis R. Ybarra. I have never met or talked with either of these gentlemen, but I can't say enough good things about this book. For all who believe that there is a fairly objective rendition of history that we are obliged to teach our children, this book reveals how shockingly far from that objective American education-and particularly school textbooks-have fallen.
Link to the full article
Co-author Dennis Ybarra talks about
The Trouble with Textbooks on KIRO Radio, Seattle (35 min)
More Articles About the Madoff Scandal
The Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2008, by Eleanor Laise and Dennis K. Berman|
"Impact on Jewish Charities Is Catastrophic"
The Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2008, Q&A with Gary Tobin
"Madoff: The Atomic Bomb for Jewish Charities"
The Washington Post, December 17, 2008, by Megan Greenwell
"Area Jewish Groups Take a Hit Financially: Federation Fears $10 Million Loss in Madoff Case"
The Boston Globe, December 22, 2008, by Michael Paulson
"Jewish Leaders Bracing for Madoff Fallout: Charities Face Closings; Anti-Semitism Feared"
New York Magazine, December 16, 2008, Quotes of the Day
"Today in Madoff"
The Associated Press, Posted on Forbes, December 16, 2008
"Madoff Scheme Hits Jewish Charities Hard"
Reuters, December 18, 2008, by Svea Herbst-Bayliss
"After Shock, Madoff Fraud Victims Struggle to Cope"
Bloomberg, December 17, 2008, by Philip Boroff and Patrick Cole
"Madoff Case Creates Worst Loss for Jewish Charities