Friday, April 25, 2014 Nisan 25, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Staff Writer
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With the Presbyterian Church USA once again poised to debate divestment from companies that do business in Israel, the Presbytery of Philadelphia has adopted its own resolution that rejects such a stance. And the local clergy opposed to divestment are taking their opposition a step further: The Philadelphia resolution -- known in church parlance as an overture -- will be...
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A local businessman is poised to become the first Muslim to serve on the Anti-Defamation League's regional board -- or any ADL board for that matter.
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The Philadelphia SPHAS, the long defunct South Philadelphia Hebrew Association's basketball team, are getting a historic plaque from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The team, which existed from 1918 to 1959, first as an amateur squad and later as a professional club, played an important role in both the history of Philadelphia Jewry and the development of pro-basketball. Most...
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Peter Beinart, author of The Crisis of Zionism , came to town last week and defended his much-maligned call for Americans to boycott Israeli products made in the West Bank while continuing to purchase goods made inside the Green Line. "I think where I disagree with some of my critics, they believe that this plays into and helps the BDS...
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Twenty years ago, Larry Ceisler challenged State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-District 182) in a primary. He lost, joining a long list of Democrats who tried over the years to unseat the Center City lawmaker. Though Ceisler, a well-known political and communications strategist had once been an opponent of Josephs, he grew to appreciate her style of politics. He described her...
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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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