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Lou Reed dies at 71.
Musician Lou Reed dies at 71
BY Marc Shapiro
October 28, 2013

  Musician and guitarist Lou Reed, the front-man for the band Velvet Underground, as well as a solo artist, died Sunday, Oct. 27. Reed, who was born to a Jewish family, was 71. He had a liver transplant last year after years of alcohol and drug abuse. A cause of death was not made public. Reed, CONTINUE »

October 28, 2013

A former JTA president, an LGBT activist and a member of the AIPAC national council were named to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. President Obama on Thursday named Elisa Spungen Bildner, John Farahi and Dana Perlman to the council, which oversees the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Bildner, a past JTA president, is a CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
October 28, 2013

Five Jews were hospitalized after being beaten in what was described by an Australian Jewish leader as the worst incident of anti-Semitic violence in Sydney in many years. Eight males, mostly teenagers, reportedly taunted the religious Jews — four from the Behar family — with slurs as they were walking home in suburban Bondi from CONTINUE »

BY Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency
October 28, 2013

After rockets and mortars were fired at Israel by Palestinian terrorists early this morning, the Israel Air Force (IAF) attacked two concealed rocket launchers in the Northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed, an IDF spokesman announced. Earlier this morning, rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. One rocket was intercepted by the CONTINUE »

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Incarcerated Jews struggle to maintain religiosity in prison
BY Marc Shapiro
October 24, 2013

Elsa Newman was an extremely dedicated Jew before her incarceration. She kept kosher, considered herself knowledgeable about rituals and holidays and made sure her two sons received a Jewish education at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda. She once worked on a kibbutz in Israel and spent many summers at Camp Ramah, a Jewish summer camp CONTINUE »