Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Dressed in a hijab, Sarah Shiha, a 22-year-old Egyptian who hopes to one day preach the Koran on the airwaves, declares a desire to study Torah. But before her recent visit to Philadelphia, she'd never even met a Jew. Now, after participating in a five-week seminar on democracy and religious pluralism for students from the Arab world that included several...
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The annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents put out by the Anti-Defamation League reported nearly 30 fewer incidents in 2009 than the previous year, although ADL officials warn that recent changes in their methodology have made it difficult to compare figures from different years. The 2009 audit was released on Monday, and contains both national and local statistics. The ADL reported...
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In the state's most closely watched congressional contest -- the race to fill the open seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak -- both candidates have been busy touting their pro-Israel credentials and jockeying for support among Jewish voters. Unlike the Senate race between Sestak and Pat Toomey, American policy in the Mideast has not emerged as a major...
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As U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak's record on Israel comes under increasing scrutiny -- it's the subject of a fierce advertising war making the rounds locally on television ads -- the aspiring senator is making inroads with some once-skeptical Jewish Democrats. The ad wars in Pennsylvania represent one of the rare instances of TV political advertising focused solely on Israel. It's...
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July's been a busy month for Pennsylvania's two Democratic senators -- at least on the foreign front. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey -- soon to be the state's senior senator -- returned July 11 from a nine-day, six-nation tour of the region that included stops in Israel and the West Bank. It was the second time in as many years that...
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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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