Sunday, November 23, 2014 Kislev 1, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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When Jen Goldstein heard Monday night's winter storm warning, she knew exactly what she had to do. The Art Museum-area resident strapped on her in-line skates and headed straight for Fairmont Park. After all, significant snowfall - which at least on Monday proved fleeting - could keep the skate-instructor off the river paths for days. She just had to get...
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Renowned Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie received the Tuttleman Foundation Cultural Award during a Dec. 5 program at Gratz College in Melrose Park. More than 150 people were on hand for the occasion. Safdie, who worked for Philadelphia architect Louis Kahn in the early 1960s, designed the new Holocaust History Museum at the Yad Vashem memorial, which opened earlier this year,...
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Swarthmore College religion professor Nathaniel Deutsch has admittedly chosen some unusual and disparate subjects for his research into the history of religion. From the beliefs of the ancient gnostics to a "holy woman" who served as a Chasidic teacher in 19th-century Eastern Europe - as well as an analysis of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad's use of "midrashic" techniques...
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Giant dreidels, life-sized Judah Maccabeecut-outs and computers loaded up with Chanukah games are coming to strip malls in Montgomery, Chester and Bucks counties. Chabad Lubavitch's idea of bringing "Chanukah Wonderlands" to area malls stems from the desire to make the story of the Jewish revolt against the Syrian Greeks come alive for children during a month where all things Christmas...
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It took years to reach this point, but Mania Perel is convinced that in order to salvage her heath and her sanity, she must do what was once unthinkable, and put her husband of more than 50 years into a nursing home. The problem for the Northeast Philadelphia woman is that, currently, there's no room at a kosher facility. And...
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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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