Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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In one form or another, the Vaad: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia has existed for more than 100 years. But with the departure last summer of its director of the past eight years, Rabbi David Gutterman, coupled with the absence of funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, it seemed likely that the institution was down for...
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The Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia, a venerable institution that has played a key role in the lives of generations of Philadelphians, is in the final stages of splitting up, leaving each branch in business for itself. Last week, the decentralization process cleared a key legal hurdle when the Pennsylvania state attorney general, who oversees the breakup of charitable...
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Adam Pardes, set to graduate from Abington Senior High School this month, recalled that he'd never felt a strong tie to the Reform synagogue he'd attended until he became a Bar Mitzvah. In fact, he said he'd never been entirely comfortable with theistic language or the concept of God. Still, he wanted to continue the connection, so his parents searched...
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As long as her parents can remember, Leah Horowitz had always been drawn to adventure and fascinated with the wider world. The Elkins Park native caught the "Africa bug" during a college semester in Zimbabwe; since then, she logged substantial time in Ghana and South Africa, focusing on issues such as sustainable agriculture, good governance and the role that gender...
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Several Jewish groups have expressed concern that a June 11 Center City program featuring a Washington Post columnist and an Iranian-American writer could devolve into an Israel-bashing fest, even though the Israeli-Arab conflict isn't the stated subject of the event. For the last of a three-part series focusing on "The Future of Radical Islam," the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia...
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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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