Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Staff Writer
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Hundreds of people converged at the University of Pennsylvania's Hillel building last week for competing events that offered alternative visions of Israel and U.S. policy in the Middle East. Though there were few fireworks, neither camp succeeded in attracting many students and, for the most part, both appeared to be preaching their respective messages to the converted. For the dovish...
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Republicans buoyant, Democrats wary as they eye upcoming elections
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For Pennsylvania's Republicans, the steady stream of good news -- from the GOP's stunning Senate victory in Massachusetts to the president's sliding job-approval rating -- has bolstered their confidence about political rehabilitation in 2010. For their Democratic opponents, losing the filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate -- and the prospect of further defeats come November -- has them scrambling for...
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U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-District 7) is under political fire for signing on to a congressional letter urging President Barack Obama to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Although he was one of 54 House Democrats to sign the Jan. 21 communiqué, the national office of the Republican Jewish Coalition singled Sestak out in a statement decrying the letter as...
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J Street is coming to Philadelphia, but so far, it hasn't inspired much brotherly love. Instead, it's been treated more like the black sheep of the family. A flap over Hillel of Greater Philadelphia's decision to lease its space to J Street -- for the official launch of its Philadelphia branch -- is just one local manifestation of a debate...
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If there's any upshot at all to the misunderstanding that grounded a small aircraft last week in Philadelphia -- and that most likely scared the wits out of two Jewish teenagers -- it's that the general public might now know a bit more about tefillin. A 17-year-old Orthodox Jew donned his phylacteries to recite morning prayers during a Jan. 21...
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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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