Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

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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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Throughout the ages, the Exodus from Egypt -- and God's revelation of the Torah at Mount Sinai -- has represented the paramount moment of the Jewish experience. Yet the nadir -- the deadliest in a line of calamities that have befallen the Jewish people -- is so much closer to the present day. The two disparate epochs -- the revelation...
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When Elaine Samans and her late husband, Edward, first moved to Broomall from Philadelphia back in 1951, that section of Delaware County was sparsely populated with only a handful of Jewish families living in the vicinity, recalled the octogenarian. But in a familiar postwar pattern repeated in cities throughout the country, more and more young Jewish families headed for the...
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The fall of communism in Eastern Europe ushered in a period of intense debate in Poland over how the nation should appropriately interpret the Holocaust, as well as the fate of Poland's lost 3 million Jews. The change in the political climate in the 1990s also set off a related debate that continues today as to exactly what that nation...
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State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-153) is set to introduce a bill -- one that appears to be garnering broad bipartisan support -- that calls on three state agencies to divest from companies that do business with any of the five nations labeled by the U.S. State Department as sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Sudan, Syria, North Korea and Cuba. The push...
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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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