During its lobbying mission to Washington, D.C., this week, the Zionist Organization of America had a simple message for Congress: Keep funds and arms out of the hands of Israel’s enemies. But the questions of who constitutes an enemy and whether aid can be an important foreign policy tool in encouraging certain behavior prompts debate in the Jewish world. Few,...
Two years after filing a federal law suit in Philadelphia that claimed pro-Israel groups seeking nonprofit status were unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, Z Street may finally get its day in court.
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.