Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

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A Washington, D.C., lawyer who represented a client in a legal dispute with the Council on American-Islamic Relations recently presented his case against the controversial Muslim organization to a local audience. His conclusion? That public figures and Jewish groups should give CAIR the cold shoulder. "The truth will stop CAIR," said Reed Rubinstein, who asserted that leaders of the Washington,...
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Toba Spitzer thinks it's no big deal that she happens to be the first openly gay rabbi to head the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association -- or, for that matter, any major Jewish clerical association in the United States. After all, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College was the first to admit openly gay and lesbian students in 1984 and endorse the ordination of...
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Following a five-year stint in South Africa where she created a gourmet cookie company from the ground up -- hiring residents of an impoverished township near Cape Town as employees -- Alicia D. Polak is back to market her products and promote her venture. Polak, a one-time investment banker who traveled the world, argues that a socially responsible, for-profit business...
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Haverford College political scientist Harvey Glickman stated during a recent presentation that various population studies now show that Muslims, and not Jews, represent the largest non-Christian religious group in the United States. Glickman, also a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, said that estimates as to the number of Muslims residing in America range from between 3 million to...
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Jewish law clearly has a lot to say, of course, about ritual slaughter, and the proper preparation of kosher meat and poultry. There's also plenty in the Torah and Talmud that focuses on employer-employee relationships, and the ethics of how to treat workers. Except for a few historical cases where rabbinical authorities tried to link the two issues, generally, they've...
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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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