Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Jewish Exponent Staff
The Iranian nuclear threat is not just a Jewish issue but could be a major factor -- and an unpredictable one -- for the general electorate in this year's presidential contest, according to William Kristol, a leading Jewish conservative intellectual. "I won't be surprised to see Israeli action against Iran this summer, and that is a total wild card," Kristol,...
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A controversial online video promoting this weekend's National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference at the University of Pennsylvania was pulled by organizers at the height of their effort to advance their agenda targeting Israel. The flap over the video highlights the charged nature of the issue and suggests the tenor likely to be heard at the conference, which is sold...
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A group of more than a dozen Christian clergy members have signed on to a statement condemning this weekend's Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference at the University of Pennsylvania. According to the statement, the BDS movement "does not explicitly support the internationally recognized goal of two states, Israeli and Palestinian, living side by side in peace and security -- and...
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A local Jewish group has weighed in on the side of the Obama administration in the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case that will examine the constitutionality of the landmark 2010 health care law. The Jewish Social Policy Action Network -- a group that brings a liberal, Jewish slant to domestic policy issues -- signed on to an amicus, or friend...
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On a recent weekday morning, Eileen Sklaroff rolled her shopping cart through a well-stocked produce section at an enormous local supermarket. Despite the plentiful selections, her options were limited by her meager budget. The bag of potatoes Sklaroff held cost more than $4 -- too much. Then she looked closer and realized that the item was certified organic. Fortunately, she...
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Profile

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.

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