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January 20, 2013 4:35 pm

Bernie Madoff’s Brother Parties at Grand-Daughter’s Lavish Bat Mitzvah Ceremony Ahead of Prison Sentence

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Peter Madoff cover story in the New York Post Jan 20th. The headlien reads 'Last To-rah.' Photo: New York Post

Peter Madoff—Bernie’s brother-isn’t allowing an impending 10-year prison sentence to halt his social life. Found guilty of his involvement in the ponzi scheme that bilked billions from clients, he was able to attend his granddaughter’s Bat Mitzvah this weekend after a judge delayed his incarceration until Feb. 6, in part so he could attend this weekend’s festivities.

The New York Post detailed Madoff’s involvement in the Bat Mitzvah thusly: “Yesterday, before grandkid Rebecca Skoller read from the Torah at the historic Central Synagogue in Midtown, Madoff was called up to the stage.

“He said a brief prayer in Hebrew and touched his lips to the Torah — just like he’ll be kissing his freedom goodbye in two weeks.”

Sunday the family is holding a party at  Manhattan venue 404 NYC, which a Manhattan event planner told The Post can run between $75,000 to $100,000.

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Some of Madoff’s victims were none too pleased about his partying ways.

“I would much prefer that Peter Madoff be locked up and the only way he can attend the bat mitzvah is through pictures sent to him in prison,” Michael DeVita, who lost his retirement assets to the Madoff scam, told The Post.

Shelly Ludlow, whose mom lost everything to the Ponzi scheme, echoed DeVita’s displeasure. “I don’t think he should have any rights,” said the Long Islander. “She has nothing, and here he can go and party — that’s injustice.”

Rebecca Skoller, daughter of Madoff’s daughter Shana, wrote the judge to let her “Papa” attend her 13th-birthday rite.

“Papa and I have always looked forward to sharing the experience of my bat mitzvah. I would give anything just to have him see me reading from the Torah even if it was only for a second,” the girl wrote.

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  • Seth Lefkow

    Sorry, RCCA, I disagree. The judge made a bad decision. Would he have done the same for a poor man, for a Black-American, for a Latino ? I doubt it.

    Don’t get all misty-eyed over a letter from a kid (dictated by whom?) to a bleeding-heart jurist. It makes me wonder as to which country-club jail “Papa” will be shunted.

  • RCCA

    The judge made his ruling to benefit the little girl, not the grandfather. There’s no reason for the little girl to be punished because of the sins of her grandfather.

    • Theresa

      Doesn’t excuse the lavish going away party at all!