Thursday, April 24, 2014 Nisan 24, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

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A new effort to attack U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak's record on Israel has gone viral. A debate that has long been playing out in the pages of the Jewish Exponent has now made its way to MSNBCs "Morning Joe," and Web sites such as Politico, The Atlantic, Commentary, the Huffington Post and YouTube. But the stakes are now higher for...
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Deciding which Jewish organizations and programs receive communal funding -- and how much -- has always been a difficult call. This year, volunteers and professionals described the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's allocation process as downright "impossible." That's because the funds -- which comes from unrestricted dollars raised from the Jewish community -- shrank from last year by 14 percent,...
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Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, and Steve Masters of JStreet -- spokesmen of the political right and left when it comes to Israel issues -- generally don't agree on much. Yet they had similar reactions after returning from the 36th World Zionist Congress, which brought some 1,500 delegates from around the world to Jerusalem in...
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When Rabbi Julius Meles moved to Northeast Philadelphia to help launch Young Israel of Oxford Circle in 1954, the brand-new congregation couldn't afford to pay his salary. So, Meles decided, for practical reasons, to go into the glass business with his brother, installing windows and following in the footsteps of their father, who did similar work in Pruzsana, Poland. But...
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After a five-year legislative and lobbying effort to use the commonwealth's economic prowess to help isolate rogue regimes, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Iran and Sudan divestment legislation. And Jewish groups played a significant role in the effort. All that's required for the bill to become law is for Gov. Ed Rendell to sign it. He is expected to do...
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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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