Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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As the financial system teetered on the brink of collapse last fall, Rabbi Jarah Greenfield -- then in her final year of study at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote -- considered the very real possibility that she wouldn't land a job for the following year. Said the 32-year-old: "There was certainly a higher level of anxiety at the outset...
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Just as it has excelled in the biomedical and information-technology fields, Israel has become an acknowledged world leader in producing breakthroughs in an emerging concentration known as "cleantech" -- producing more environmentally friendly ways to do many of the things associated with modern life. The cleantech sector encompasses wind power, solar thermal energy, water-recycling and purification, and the conversion of...
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The long-awaited agreement over the Pennsylvania state budget -- coupled with the news that Philadelphia has also averted fiscal disaster -- has Jewish agencies breathing a little easier. But the final funding figures are far from clear, with details yet to be worked out. It remains uncertain just how much Jewish groups may feel the pinch. "We still haven't seen...
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Israelis who don't believe that President Barack Obama is a friend of the Jewish state have got it wrong, according to Benny Begin, a Likud member of Knesset and son of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin. An Aug. 28 Jerusalem Post survey found that just 4 percent of Israeli Jews believe Obama's policies are pro-Israel; a similar poll released a...
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More than 300 Jewish leaders from around the country, including nine from the Philadelphia area, converged on Washington, D.C., last week as part of the National Jewish Leadership Advocacy Day on Iran. The day seemed to signal a new phase of Jewish efforts to isolate Iran internationally, now that news reports suggest that the country may be on the verge...
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Profile

Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. After 10 years as a staff writer, he now occasionally freelances for the Exponent. He writes about trends in politics, religion and spirituality, philanthropy and sometimes dabbles in sports and the arts. 
 
He has received numerous awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Jewish American Press Association and other organizations.
 
A native New Yorker, he earned a master’s degree in modern Jewish history and literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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