The 27-acre Mandell Education Campus has been considered a linchpin of the Old York Road corridor Jewish community since 1985. But the population has declined and some have expressed concerns about what might happen to the property.
A strong local contingent traveled to Baltimore to examine out-of-the-box ways to reinvigorate their synagogues, serve interfaith families and reverse staggering declines revealed in a recent study of American Jewry.
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.