Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Abigail Seldin -- a 20-year-old University of Pennsylvania senior who last month was named one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars -- has spent the past two years studying a people that has struggled to maintain its heritage and language, been forced to practice its rituals in secret, faced expulsion from its home and wrestled with its cultural identity in the...
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A Bucks County businessman and philanthropist allegedly has led a hidden life, in which he helped to run a Russian prostitution ring and engaged in sexual acts with teenage orphans, according to Laurie Magid, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which is based in Philadelphia. On Dec. 3, Magid announced that a grand jury had handed down...
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For months, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, in his capacity as chair of the National Governors Association, has tried to call attention to the commonwealth's and the country's crumbling infrastructures, especially aging highways and bridges that have dangerously fallen into disrepair. Now, it appears he's won an ally in a very high place. On Nov. 24, while announcing appointments to key...
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The worldwide Chabad Lubavitch movement must respond to last month's terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, by doubling its efforts at Jewish outreach and react to acts of cruelty by spreading acts of kindness, stated Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, who chairs the executive committee of the Agudas Chassidei Chabad, Chabad's umbrella organization. Shemtov, who also oversees Lubavitch activities in the region, delivered...
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State Rep. Josh Shapiro's (D-District 153) rapid rise in Pennsylvania politics -- described by some observers of Harrisburg as unprecedented -- appears to have hit a roadblock, or at least a significant hurdle. When the next legislative session begins in January, the 35-year-old Shapiro will lose his deputy-speaker post. The incoming House Speaker, state Rep. Keith McCall (D-District 122), announced...
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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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