Outside of his home state, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell doesn't get much media attention. But as the 52-year-old — currently the only Jewish governor in the country — readies to be sworn in for a second term, he says he doesn't mind operating relatively under the radar.
Those who lead 10-day Taglit-Birthright Israel trips don't get paid and often deal with turbulent moments — but the opportunity to guide wide-eyed young adults on their virgin voyages to the Jewish state are well worth any hassles, they say.
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.