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Aaron Swartz Funeral Held in Chicago

By Susan Armitage

A funeral for Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old internet pioneer who promoted open access to information, was held this morning at Central Avenue Synagogue in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park.Read More


Slain Jewish Couple Recalled at Toronto Funeral

By Forward Staff

A beloved Jewish couple murdered in their South Florida home was remembered at a Toronto funeral filled with grief and unanswered questions.Read More


Jewish Groups Brace for Debt Ceiling Cuts

By JTA

if Congress can’t reach a deal to avoid the so-called sequester, Jewish-run programs could be severely scaled back, if not terminated, at home and abroad.Read More


Michael Steinhardt Set To Auction Judaica Trove

By JTA

Jewish philanthropist Michael Steinhardt will auction off his 500-piece Judaica collection, Sotheby’s announced.Read More


Obama Vows To Shmooze More With GOP

By Reuters

Would more partying and backslapping between Washington’s political opponents narrow the bitter partisan divide? President Barack Obama is willing to try, but is not sure it will work.Read More


French Leader Warns of Resurgent Anti-Semitism

By JTA

Anti-Semitism could destroy the history of French Jewry, the leader of France’s Jewish communities said.Read More


Orthodox Union, Kosher Certifier, In Disarray

By JTA

The leadership of the world’s largest provider of kosher certification, the Orthodox Union, is in disarray.Read More


Boy Convicted in Slaying of Neo-Nazi Father

By Reuters

A California boy, now 12, was convicted of second-degree murder on Monday for shooting dead his neo-Nazi father, following a juvenile trial that centered on abuse allegations and the young defendant’s grasp of right and wrong.Read More


Jewish Settlers Confident of Israel Election Boost

By Reuters

Entrenched in what they view as their Biblical heartland, hardline Jewish settlers are looking forward with delight to next week’s Israeli election.Read More


Verdict Expected in Neo-Nazi Dad Murder

By Reuters

A California judge was expected to render a verdict on Monday in the trial of a 12-year-old boy accused of murdering his neo-Nazi father, a case that focused on accusations of abuse and the pre-teen defendant’s grasp of right and wrong at such a young age.Read More





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