Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Miriam Moody is working on her pronunciation of the consonant-laden word "Dnepropetrovsk" -- the name of Ukraine's third-largest city. Moody, who graduated in May from the University of Rochester and grew up in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, has reason to bone up on her Russian. Next week, the 22-year-old is set to leave for a year in the...
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Closing of local office sparks rethinking of URJ's links with congregations
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Two months after the Union for Reform Judaism closed its Philadelphia office -- along with 13 others across the country -- it's still far from clear what long-term impact the move will have on the region's congregations. "This is the beginning of a process and only time will tell how valid it is," said Rabbi Richard Address, who ran the...
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It's pretty standard for synagogues to require a ticket for entry into High Holiday services. But whoever heard of needing tickets for a seat in the sanctuary on a Shabbat morning in mid-August -- up in the Poconos, no less? But things have always operated in a "counterseasonal" manner at Congregation B'nai Harim, a 13-year-old Reform synagogue situated at 1,800...
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She didn't know how her friends and colleagues would react to the news. So for several days after Israel launched its incursion into Gaza last winter, Margalit Ziv -- an Israeli Jew who heads the early-childhood department at Al-Qasemi Academy near Netanya, a women's college where Arabs comprise the majority of the faculty and virtually all of the students --...
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Sipping on a glass of red wine and working the room at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott in Center City, 37-year-old David Litvak introduced himself as the Jewish lawmaker from Utah. Indeed, the Democratic minority whip happens to be the only Jewish member of the Utah House of Representatives; needless to say, he's the only rep who keeps kosher. Litvak was...
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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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