Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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A fringe, Kansas-based church that routinely stages demonstrations across the country is planning to protest outside a number of synagogues, Jewish institutions and events in Center City this weekend. The Westboro Baptist Church -- led by Fred Phelps -- has been labeled a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League for its statements regarding gays, Jews and blacks. Westboro's members --...
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Since its publication 40 years ago, Portnoy's Complaint -- the salacious and perhaps still best-known work by literary icon Philip Roth -- has been hailed both as a breakthrough novel, and labeled as a demeaning portrait of certain women and slanderous to all Jews. But few have ever claimed it has homosexual undertones. Until now, that is. Could it actually...
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Gratz College, the 114-year-old institution that has trained generations of religious-school teachers, has announced that, after 11 years at the helm, Jonathan Rosenbaum will be leaving his post the end of the month. The departure comes at a time when a number of traditional Hebrew colleges, much like Gratz, are to be struggling, both financially and in terms of focusing...
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In his relatively short political career, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak has worked overtime to reach out to local Jews. Now, as the retired Navy admiral is set to challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic Party's primary race for the U.S. Senate, Sestak acknowledges that he faces a tough task in broadening his support in the Jewish community. But that's...
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Nearly eight years after more than 3,000 people were killed in attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, figuring out how to respond to another such incident has been an ongoing source of worry for many hospitals and law-enforcement departments. While drills and procedures are important, there's little substitute for the actual experience of reacting to a bomb or...
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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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