Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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The Stern Hebrew High School boy's basketball team has yet to lose a game. At 7-0 -- including a convincing win over Barrack Hebrew Academy, a team they're scheduled to challenge again on Jan. 24 -- the members and coach are starting to entertain the notion that they can run through an entire season without suffering a defeat. The team...
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Kids packed the gymnasium, playing miniature golf and basketball, leaping up and down on a moonbounce, even drag-racing with specially fitted vegetables, like potatoes and zucchinis, that sped across the hardwood floor. It's fair to say that most of the activities at the Eighth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Caring Community Carnival 2009 didn't appear to have much to do...
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In myriad ways, a number of Jewish area residents are getting set to take part in the inaugural festivities, either in the nation's capital -- where huge crowds and frigid temperatures are expected -- or much closer to home. "I don't care how cold it is. I won't even notice if it's cold or raining. There is just an awesomeness...
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In the midst of a bruising campaign for the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, less than 12 hours before he debated his rival on national television, Barack Obama met with Jewish leaders and activists in Philadelphia. In addition to covering ubiquitous campaign topics such as his support for Israel, the man who became the first African-American elected to the presidency addressed something...
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With Israeli ground forces battling Hamas fighters in Gaza -- and as casualties there mount and rockets continue to fall on cities in southern Israel -- speculation has grown about just what course President-elect Barack Obama will take when he assumes power. Will he reaffirm Israel's right to self-defense or call for a cease-fire? Will he fully immerse himself in...
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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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