Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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To anyone who asserts that Israel is a racist society, Shlomo Molla has a simple retort: Just take a look at my life. The 46-year-old was born in an Ethiopian village with no electricity and he has risen through the ranks of Israeli society, where he now holds the position of deputy speaker of the Knesset. “If you have your...
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Two Philadelphia-area mem­bers of Congress who focus on health care were in the spotlight this week — one for delivering a speech on neuroscience at the Israeli Embassy, the other for receiving a prestigious award. In his Sept. 13 talk at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia highlighted the need for the American and...
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Rays of noon sun filtered through the canopy of trees as 43-year-old Cathy Rosen traversed a hilly street in Gladwyne at a brisk pace. The resident of Westchester County, N.Y., hadn’t come to the Main Line neighborhood to admire the fancy homes or take in the peaceful atmosphere; she’d come to convince fellow Jews to vote for Mitt Romney. “We...
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At last week’s Zionist Organization of America gala dinner in Philadelphia, honoree David Horowitz, a conservative firebrand and staunch defender of Israel, surprised many in the audience when he revealed that he’d never been to the Jewish state. What didn’t come out at the dinner was news that likely will have a far deeper impact on the 115-year-old organization: Since...
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Your rabbi needs your help." Congregants of Adath Israel in Merion Station received this message in an email -- with a link to a YouTube clip -- sent out about a month before the start of the High Holidays. In the video, Rabbi Eric Yanoff, seated at his desk, asks his congregants for ideas to incorporate into his Yom Kippur...
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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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