Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

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The Rev. Peter T. Manzo admitted that he hasn't always been enamored with the modern State of Israel. For many years, he viewed the Jewish nation "as an intrusion into the indigenous life of the Middle East." "Millions of Eastern European immigrants had simply bullied the Middle Eastern natives out of their homes," he continued. "If the Jews needed a...
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The sidewalk in front of Congregation Beth Hamedrosh in Wynnewood is roped off. The driveway remains a work in progress; large heaps of dirt fill a space set to become a parking lot. In short, the building is still very much a construction site. But the lion's share of the work has been completed, and earlier this month -- after...
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The national debate over attempts to force government-run pension funds to divest from rogue nations -- whether or not legislation should focus solely on Iran, Sudan or a handful of other countries, and whether the overall approach should be broad or narrow in scope -- has found its way to Harrisburg. On one side is State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-District...
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As of June 1, the Center City eruv was officially up and running, more than and a year-and-a-half after Mayor John F. Street signed a law that approved its construction. An eruv consists of a series of symbolic barriers that surround an area within which observant Jews are permitted under halachah to carry things outside of the home on Shabbat,...
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Coming amid the intense worldwide focus on the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War, which has also proven to be a time of renewed friction between the United States and Russia, an Israeli husband-and-wife research team has offered up a theory contending that it was the Soviet Union -- and not the Arabs or Israelis -- who engineered the 1967...
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Profile

Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. 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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