Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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A group of more than a dozen Christian clergy members have signed on to a statement condemning this weekend's Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference at the University of Pennsylvania. According to the statement, the BDS movement "does not explicitly support the internationally recognized goal of two states, Israeli and Palestinian, living side by side in peace and security -- and...
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Why do some children follow in their parents' footsteps and others seek a totally different path? James "Jamie" Chadwin, head men's basketball coach at Immaculata University in Chester County, hasn't thought much about that question. Ever since Jamie Chadwin was a kid hanging out in the gymnasium at Abington Friends, he has tried to absorb everything he could about the...
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A local Jewish group has weighed in on the side of the Obama administration in the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case that will examine the constitutionality of the landmark 2010 health care law. The Jewish Social Policy Action Network -- a group that brings a liberal, Jewish slant to domestic policy issues -- signed on to an amicus, or friend...
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When Shirley Cohen, 91, became the first tenant to move into the Samuel A. Green House in Elkins Park back in October, the $20 million property built to house low-income seniors was something of a construction zone. The first week or so was a bit unpleasant, she said; there was nobody to talk to and workers were still putting finishing...
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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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