Saturday, July 12, 2014 Tammuz 14, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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The decision of the University of Pennsylvania's political-science department and Middle East Center to sponsor a talk by a controversial critic of Israel prompted a backlash from pro-Israel students, as well as a heated campus debate over just who should receive university support to present their views. At the center of the brouhaha is Norman G. Finkelstein, associate professor of...
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The Reform movement is no longer the only denomination calling for an end to the war in Iraq. The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association just passed a resolution that goes one step further than the one adopted earlier this month by the Union for Reform Judaism by opposing a preemptive American strike against Iran. At its annual conference -- held last week...
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Exactly nine weeks before the Democratic primary, the five major candidates in what still appears to be a wide-open race for mayor, met as part of a March 6 forum at the Union League sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. The contestants largely avoided swipes at each other, consistent with the lack of proverbial blows thrown at similar forums. Instead,...
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Officials at Gratz College hoped that screening a film about a teen girl's struggle to reconcile her homosexuality with Judaism, while also challenging her high school to become a more welcoming place, might prompt some discussion and send a message that the Melrose Park campus is an open environment for Jews of diverse backgrounds. Five years ago, Shulamit Izen --...
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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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