Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Tishri 28, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Alan Dershowitz came to the University of Pennsylvania last week to articulate the case for Israel and counter the message of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement - not to discuss presidential politics. But when the noted Harvard law professor and author addressed 900 people at Perm's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the 2012 campaign managed to wiggle its...
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As President Barack Obama seeks re-election and the GOP looks to make inroads among Jews, the Jewish vote is going to be held up to a microscope, with any potential swing analyzed and scrutinized. But is it going too far to look at how one Jew in particular will vote? What if that Jew is someone as influential and as...
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As Catholics mourn the passing of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua -- and debate his handling of the priest sex-abuse scandal, which broke under his watch -- some longtime Jewish leaders are remembering him as a leader committed to improving Catholic-Jewish relations. In his 35 years working at the Jewish Community Relations Council, Burt Siegel interacted with three different leaders of the...
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A day before the National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference was set to begin at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz called Penn the "model campus" when it comes to pro-Israel activism. "You guys have stood strong, you have stood hard. You don't just let anti-Israel people get away with silence," said the 73-year-old Dershowitz, a...
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A controversial online video promoting this weekend's National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference at the University of Pennsylvania was pulled by organizers at the height of their effort to advance their agenda targeting Israel. The flap over the video highlights the charged nature of the issue and suggests the tenor likely to be heard at the conference, which is sold...
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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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