Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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The National Museum of American Jewish History's plan to construct a prominent new building on Independence Mall - a symbolic space that proponents say demonstrates just how the Declaration of Independence and Constitution have benefited a religious and ethnic minority - has undergone a slight revision. Rather than build on their current Fifth Street site between Market and Arch streets,...
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Inscription offers new slant on ABC's of archaeology
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On the last day of the dig, after long stretches of work under the blinding light of the Israeli sun, excavators spotted what appeared to be an inscription on a 40-pound stone wedged into a 3,000-year-old wall. The importance of these archaic letters - obscured by dust and the wear of millennia - only became apparent after the block had...
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Current attempts to curtail government spending in Washington and Harrisburg have social-service advocates concerned that those who depend on government funds for everything from health care to job training might be left in the lurch. During a Center City forum focusing on policy issues affecting low-income families, sponsored by the United Way of Eastern Pennsylvania - of which the Jewish...
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Back in 1955, the Soviet Union and the spread of communism constituted America's greatest threats overseas. Concerned that the country's policy-makers did not have a clear, long-term approach to what he rightly believed would be a projected conflict, University of Pennsylvania professor Robert-Strauz-Hupe established the Foreign Policy Research Institute. A half-century later, FPRI remains in Philadelphia, although its focus has...
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The construction of an eruv - a symbolic barrier surrounding an area within which observant Jews are halachically permitted to carry things outside of their homes on Shabbat - has for years been a dream of many in Center City. And now that Mayor John Street has signed into law a City Council ordinance approving the eruv, the only apparent...
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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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