Monday, August 29, 2016 Av 25, 5776

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
A 19-year-old who died from an overdose of heroin has called attention to a problem that many say is being overlooked in the Jewish world.
A 20-year-old recovering addict from Langhorne hopes her efforts to start a Jewish support group in Bucks County will help others like her find the faith they need to reclaim their lives.
Part revival meeting, part pro-Israel rally, an event hosted by the Texas-based Christians United for Israel at a Bucks County church encouraged evangelical followers to make Israel support an outgrowth of their faith.
The Pew Research Center asked questions about intermarriage, attachment to Jewish community, raising children and attitudes toward Israel similar to those posed in the most recent regional study, but found more alarming results.
Analysts, academics and activists here in Philly weigh in on what the recent diplomatic efforts could mean.


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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