The nationwide push to ban Shariah, or Islamic law, from being considered within the scope of American jurisprudence has arrived in Pennsylvania -- with Jews actively lining up both for and against the measure.
John Lehman, secretary of the U.S. Navy under President Ronald Reagan, said that he hopes one day, somebody will make a feature film about the exploits of Uriah Phillips Levy, the first American Jew to rise to the rank of commodore.
It’s one thing to argue against the existence of God, but to insult Judah Maccabee, perhaps the greatest warrior in Jewish history — well, that’s just a shandah. After all, Judah Maccabee and his followers are the central heroes of the Chanukah story, and generations of Hebrew school students have been taught to revere them for their pursuit of religious...
The newly formed Greater Philadelphia Jewish Coalition on Immigration, which came about in response to a flurry of legislative activity in Harrisburg targeting undocumented immigrants, hashed out its mission statement at a December meeting.
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.