Thursday, April 24, 2014 Nisan 24, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Staff Writer
Hoping, quite literally, for some kind of miracle, Jeff Landsman slipped a desperately scrawled note into a crevice in the Western Wall. On his first visit to Israel five years ago, the married father of two teenagers asked God for the strength to come out to the world as a gay man. "Everything I knew was unraveling faster than I...
When 20-year-old Jillian Kahn returned glowing from a Birthright Israel trip in January, she had no idea that come summer, her connection with the Jews of Argentina would feel as powerful as her bond with her co-religionists in Israel. But Kahn - who attends the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona, and whose family belongs to Shir Ami-Bucks...
Exactly 35 years ago this spring, the environmental movement - helped along by a fair number of green-minded Jews - won its place in the American political and cultural landscape with a national celebration of the very first Earth Day. It took the better part of three decades, however, for "green" to become a buzzword in synagogues, Hebrew and day...


Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. 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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