Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Salsa and kugel? It's an apt name for the latest series of networking events in the works under a year-old group that's continuing efforts to forge alliances in both political and cultural arenas.
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In a meeting with regional Hillel leaders, five students agreed to continue the dialogue but didn't back down from their goal of having an "open Hillel" in which anti-Zionists and BDS supporters could be invited to speak.
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A national special needs activist who took the stage at a local inclusion conference argued that Jewish institutions can do more to reach those with disabilities.
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia hosted its first reception at the Pennsylvania Society in Manhattan over the weekend.
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Much of the discussion head­ing into the Reform movement's biennial, now taking place in California, revolved around reaching the whole Jewish community, not just the affiliated, wherever they are.
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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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