Part revival meeting, part pro-Israel rally, an event hosted by the Texas-based Christians United for Israel at a Bucks County church encouraged evangelical followers to make Israel support an outgrowth of their faith.
The Pew Research Center asked questions about intermarriage, attachment to Jewish community, raising children and attitudes toward Israel similar to those posed in the most recent regional study, but found more alarming results.
Despite the state’s announced intent to shut down Solomon Charter School, the publicly funded cyber school in Philadelphia’s Chinatown section actually expanded in its second academic year. The school still teaches Chinese and Hebrew and offers kosher food, even though no Jewish students have enrolled.
A soccer match or table tennis tournament involving Jewish and Arab children surely won’t solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but Israeli Tami Hay thinks peace has to start somewhere, so why not with sports?
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.