Saturday, June 25, 2016 Sivan 19, 5776

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Throughout his presidential run, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has tried -- and, to a large extent, has succeeded -- at casting himself as a "post-racial" candidate, one who appeals to broad swaths of the electorate and defies the normal rules of identity politics. But, over the past week, that effort -- and perhaps even Obama's presidential aspirations -- have...
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A year ago, an alternative spring-break trip afforded University of Pennsylvania student Sam Adelsberg the opportunity to witness firsthand the many, still-difficult, even grim realities of life in post-Katrina New Orleans, an experience that both haunted him and fermented a desire to return to the Crescent City and do more. At the same time, the Brooklyn-born Modern Orthodox student had...
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At a recent Saint Joseph's University event -- one which was supposed to examine Israel's 60th anniversary from the perspective of Catholic-Jewish relations -- the two participants actually spent a good part of the time discussing Islam, especially the struggle in the Muslim world between religious moderates and those extremists now calling for a jihad against the West. The Jewish...
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The Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Studies and the minyan it created nine years ago are parting ways. The Center City-based outreach organization is getting set to move to a smaller space, and dedicate more of its resources to staffing and programming. At the same time, the informal prayer group that was under its auspices has evolved into an independent...
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In a scenario that seemed unlikely just a few months ago, the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama race for the Democratic presidential nod now has all the earmarks of becoming the wildest political circus in recent memory. Both campaigns have begun barnstorming across Pennsylvania in anticipation of the state's April 22 primary, which may or may not decide the outcome. As the...
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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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