Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Elul 17, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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It remains to be seen whether U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak's (D-District 7) decision to speak at an event hosted by a controversial Muslim group -- over the objections of some segments of the Jewish community -- will come back to haunt him. The freshman legislator's April 7 speech at the first gala dinner hosted by the Pennsylvania chapter of 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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