The L.A. financier who admitted paying off NY state pension officials has been a major player in the local Jewish community. That includes the United Jewish Fund and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, USC Hillel, and Hebrew Union College, Wilshire Boulevard Temple. From the Jewish Journal:
He is credited with revitalizing the dormant California-Israel Chamber of Commerce in the mid-'90s, together with Stanley Gold and Stanley Chais. Gold is president and CEO of Shamrock Holdings and outgoing president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Chais, a large contributor to Israeli and Jewish causes, faces three legal actions as an alleged "middleman" for Bernard Madoff.
Here's what Gold told the paper:
"Elliott has given freely of his time and energy to the community, of which he has been an outstanding member," Gold said. "Our hearts go out to him and his family at this difficult time." Gold added, "Elliott is a decent and good man. It is not my style to desert a friend in his hour of need."