Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
By:
Exactly nine weeks before the Democratic primary, the five major candidates in what still appears to be a wide-open race for mayor, met as part of a March 6 forum at the Union League sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. The contestants largely avoided swipes at each other, consistent with the lack of proverbial blows thrown at similar forums. Instead,...
Comment0
By:
Officials at Gratz College hoped that screening a film about a teen girl's struggle to reconcile her homosexuality with Judaism, while also challenging her high school to become a more welcoming place, might prompt some discussion and send a message that the Melrose Park campus is an open environment for Jews of diverse backgrounds. Five years ago, Shulamit Izen --...
Comment0
By:
Like a great many Philadelphians, Michael J. Masch never paid much attention to politics in the state capital. The former city budget director under Mayor Ed Rendell said that the intrigue in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C., always took up his political attention. But since 2003, Masch has had plenty of reason to pay attention to Harrisburg; for the past...
Comment0
By:
U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-District 7) is facing heavy criticism from some members of the Jewish community for his decision to speak at an event organized by a well-known Muslim advocacy group that critics claim has offered fierce rebukes of Israel and, at least in principle, supports Islamic extremism. CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, has 32 offices around...
Comment0
By:
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross -- a secular Jew turned radical Muslim turned practicing Christian turned counterterrorism consultant -- clearly has one of those "where do I begin?" kind of life stories. But a far more difficult question -- given the fact that Gartenstein-Ross' ideas about radical Islam and terrorism are being taken quite seriously by major publications -- is: What implications does...
Comment0

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.

Subscribe To our E-Newsletter

Our Supporters

Advertisement