Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-District 7) is under political fire for signing on to a congressional letter urging President Barack Obama to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Although he was one of 54 House Democrats to sign the Jan. 21 communiqué, the national office of the Republican Jewish Coalition singled Sestak out in a statement decrying the letter as...
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J Street is coming to Philadelphia, but so far, it hasn't inspired much brotherly love. Instead, it's been treated more like the black sheep of the family. A flap over Hillel of Greater Philadelphia's decision to lease its space to J Street -- for the official launch of its Philadelphia branch -- is just one local manifestation of a debate...
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If there's any upshot at all to the misunderstanding that grounded a small aircraft last week in Philadelphia -- and that most likely scared the wits out of two Jewish teenagers -- it's that the general public might now know a bit more about tefillin. A 17-year-old Orthodox Jew donned his phylacteries to recite morning prayers during a Jan. 21...
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Numbers in the population study are nothing to clown around about
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It doesn't happen often that a pop-cultural milestone like the 20th anniversary of "The Simpsons" dovetails with the release of a new Jewish demographic survey. But that's exactly what happened when the plot of the Jan. 10 episode revolved around the marriage of a Jew and a Congregationalist, who also happen to be a clown and a princess, respectively. When...
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Talk about being dealt a bad hand: For the second time now, debate over the 2009-10 state budget has led to the postponement of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition's legislative mission to Israel. And this time, as it turns out, the group folded too soon. They actually didn't need to cancel. On Jan. 6, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation legalizing...
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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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