Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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As news reports spread that the Sudanese government has once again embarked on a scorched-earth campaign in Darfur -- one that echoes the aerial bombings and village burnings that touched off a genocidal rampage in the African nation nearly five years ago -- a program organized by a local advocacy group urged Philadelphians to redouble their efforts on this paramount...
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The ongoing internal debate focusing on the practical, moral and geopolitical ramifications of an Israeli presence in the West Bank found its way to the University of Pennsylvania last week in the form of a lecture and a photography exhibit. On one side of a not-so-neatly marked divide stood Aryeh Green, an advisor to former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan...
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A leading Arab journalist, who has covered Palestinian affairs for nearly 30 years for both the international and Israeli press, told a University of Pennsylvania audience that the current round of peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders have no chance of succeeding. "All the talks that are taking place are a waste of time. Why? Because the guy you...
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As prominent supporters of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) were preparing for the likelihood of a protracted ground war in Pennsylvania, a solid number of them took some time out this week to gather in the name of a common cause: strengthening the Democratic Party's chances of retaking the White House come November. To...
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Rabbi Saul Grife has never made any bones about the fact that he loves the music of the Grateful Dead, as well as other groups from the classic rock era, especially Santana, Cream and Jethro Tull. Grife said that he finds inspiration in their fusion of diverse musical influences, sheer energy and, yes, their countercultural ethos. The religious leader of...
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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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