Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Last year, the Friends of the Israel Defense Force raised more than $60 million nationwide, but those dollars didn't go toward the purchase of guns, uniforms or tanks. Instead, the 30-year-old organization allocates funds for a series of programs that directly benefit soldiers. Its tagline reads: "Their job is to look after Israel, ours is to look after them." The...
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Responding to criticism that its Israel advocacy efforts have been lackluster in recent years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is attempting to launch a robust, ideologically inclusive coalition to help combat attempts to delegitimize the Jewish state. Federation is planning to add an advocacy position to its Jewish Community Relations Council staff and to fund new programming to achieve...
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The term "Israel advocacy" gets tossed around a lot, but what does it really mean? With efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state showing no signs of letting up, many in the Jewish community are re-examining the goals of Israel advocacy, reassessing what tactics work best, and analyzing whether the effort should primarily be geared toward Jews or non-Jewish influentials. The...
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The closing of the Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia seems nearly to a done deal, but some of the seniors who think of the place as a second home are holding out hope for a miracle. During a May 6 community meeting attended by about 200 people, the septuagenarians and octogenarians offered boos when officials spoke about the closing,...
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Bea Hollander-Goldfein may only have been 9 when segments of the trial of Adolf Eichmann were broadcast on television, but she still remembers the reaction of her "sweet, soft" mother, a Holocaust survivor who lost her entire family. While she can't swear to an exact quote, it went something like: "They should give survivors knives, and we should cut him...
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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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