Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Apparently, it's not always a good idea to list time in the army on your résumé -- at least, not the Israeli army. Asaf Romirowsky, manager of Israel & Middle East Affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, discovered this when he was abruptly uninvited from an Oct. 24 panel discussion on "Anti-Americanism in the Middle East" at the...
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The Iran issue may be a bit of a wild card in the 2008 presidential primaries, to say nothing of the general election, according to columnist Dick Polman. Will voters ultimately reward tough talk on Iran? Or will it make the majority of the electorate skittish about the prospects of another war, considering how unpopular the conflict in Iraq has...
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney insists that he's no flip-flopper. Back in 1994, Romney ran against U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) as a pro-choice, pro-gay-rights Republican and lost. Fast-forward 13 years: Romney, a Republican presidential hopeful, is an abortion opponent who opposes civil unions, as well as gay marriage. Was the shift one of conviction or convenience? In an Oct...
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A former Knesset member from the left-wing Meretz Party told a Philadelphia audience that Americans who care about Israel should be as concerned with the Jewish state's domestic challenges as they are with its struggle to ensure its security and make peace with its neighbors. "There is a sense that the conflict is the 'be all and end all.' But...
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With all eyes on the race for the White House -- the New Hampshire Democratic primary could actually be moved to as early as December -- it's almost easy to forget that Election Day 2007 is fast approaching, with local parties and candidates campaigning with ferocity. And nowhere are races in the area more intense than in Montgomery County, particularly...
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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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