Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Kol Ami's long-standing legal battle with Abington Township may finally be drawing to a close. On Jan. 18, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Stengel heard oral arguments in a dispute that stems back to 1999, when the Reform congregation purchased an 11-acre site in Meadowbrook, hoping to make it its permanent home. In 2001, following a community backlash, the township...
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At the Jewish Children's Folkshul in Germantown - a stalwart of secular Jewish culture - the hands kept being raised and the questions kept being asked of Rabbi Binyamin Biber. No matter the religious depth of the query, this is one rabbi who won't invoke the divine; the 44-year-old was ordained in 2001 by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic...
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The saga of cell phones: Suddenly, we can't seem to live without them, though we sure wish that everybody else would stop talking so loudly, so often and for so long on them. With the number of cell-phone subscribers nationwide now approaching 200 million, complaints about their omnipresence in contemporary life have been piling up as well, especially as Americans...
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When Congregation Rodeph Shalom voted earlier this month to close its suburban satellite campus in Elkins Park, one of the questions left up in the air was what would happen to the preschool housed there. The answer, reached shortly after the Jan. 12 vote that authorized the closure, is that it's moving about 1 mile away - to the new...
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Congregation Beth Chaim's sanctuary was packed with members embracing one another and offering consolation for a collective loss. A few even wept openly, knowing that this was probably the last time the congregation would be gathered together in the nearly 50-year-old building. "We don't have any alternative. We are out of money," Michael Bittman, Beth Chaim's president, had said moments...
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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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