How proud they must be over at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue!
MADOFF MAN GETS PROMOTED
J. EZRA Merkin, the Bernie Madoff middle man being sued by investors who lost hundreds of millions in Madoff's Ponzi scheme, is thoroughly detested in certain circles. But it isn't stopping the elite Fifth Avenue Synagogue from honoring the hedge fund manager in a big way. On Wednesday, Merkin, who's been president of the synagogue, will become its board chairman, The Jewish Week reports. He'll succeed Hummer tycoon Ira Rennert, who becomes honorary chairman. The busy Merkin faces a civil fraud suit filed by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.