Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
Drawing on two decades of outreach experience, a Main Line couple is building up their own following: a diverse group of families who meet up for holidays, in-home educational seminars and even trips to Israel.
Hoping to turn the B'nai Mitzvah experience from a graduation ceremony to a true entry point to Jewish life, two local congregations are participating in a national pilot project organized by the Reform movement while others are experimenting with their own strategies.
Two years after closing, a former Jewish senior center in South Philadelphia has been designated as a historic structure by the city, making it virtualluy impossible for a developer to legally tear down the building.
Two local congregations are front and center in the Reform movement’s newest experiment, what it is dubbing the “B’nai Mitzvah Revolution.”
The search for effective ways to build on young adults’ post-Israel trip connections to Judaism.
An in-depth look at how local organizations are trying new ways to keep young adults engaged in the community following their Israel trips.


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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