According to a new poll, a whopping four in ten American Jews reported some connection to Most Loathsome Financial Villain Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme. This is because all Jews know one another.

The poll, commissioned by liberal Jewish advocacy group J Street, demonstrates just how deep Madoff's scam went when it comes to Jewish investors and charities. According to the poll, 2% of American Jews were personally swindled by Madoff, 17% know someone who was taken in, and 28% said an organization they support was affected. Somehow J Street says this adds up to 39%. Update: A J Street employee clarifies that, yes, the poll question allowed multiple responses, as some of you suggested in comments.

[Via Mondoweiss]