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Majorcan Chef Converts; New Madoff Victim Fund

Plus custom Katz’s Deli sneakers, and more in the news

by
Stephanie Butnick
November 19, 2013
Bernard L. Madoff leaves US Federal Court after a hearing regarding his bail on January 14, 2009 in New York. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernard L. Madoff leaves US Federal Court after a hearing regarding his bail on January 14, 2009 in New York. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

• Majorcan chef and food writer Tony Pina, whose family was forcibly converted to Catholicism during the Inquisition, completed a formal conversion to Judaism. [Jerusalem Post]

• Cynthia Ozick and Calvin Trillin’s longtime debate Trillin’s grandfather’s name—whether it was Kusel or Yekutiel—finally gets resolved. [NYT]

• On the making of Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and whether the plot was inspired by Bernie Madoff. [Hollywood Reporter]

• Meanwhile, more than 10,000 victims of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme are now eligible for compensation from the $2.35 billion Madoff Victim Fund. [The Wire]

• Today is World Toilet Day, and friend of the Scroll Jason Kass explains the need for affordable, efficient toilets in third-world countries—and explains how we can make that a reality. [NYT]

• You can win a pair of custom Katz’s Deli sneakers in honor of their 125th anniversary. [Vanishing New York]

Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.

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