Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
For the Orthodox, it's more complex than it sounds
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Still a bit groggy from her nap, 5-year-old Shulamit Vered Levintov was all dressed for her lesson, sporting a bathing cap, swimsuit and flotation device; the only problem was she seemed to have no interest in getting into the pool. She'd taken a few steps down the pool ladder, but remained half in and half out for an agonizingly long...
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Between 1980 and 2003, suicide attacks accounted for only 3 percent of terrorists acts worldwide, but they resulted in 48 percent of the casualties -- a grim statistic that, at least in part, explains why so many more terrorist groups have adopted the tactic, noted Michael Horowitz, a recent addition to the political-science faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. "You...
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The more than yearlong legislative effort to force state pension funds to divest from international firms doing business in Iran and Sudan may have cleared a major hurdle in Harrisburg, but more obstacles stand in the way to the finish line. On June 25, in a 185-15 vote, the House passed what's known as the Protecting Pennsylvania's Investments Act. Over...
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State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-District 12), a conservative Butler County lawmaker, managed to cause an uproar in the capital last month when he opposed a routine House resolution -- the kind that usually passes unanimously -- meant to recognize the national gathering of a little-known Muslim group. The grounds for Metcalfe's opposition? He said on the House floor that he...
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Slightly more than a year after Congregation Brothers of Israel traded an urban New Jersey address for a suburban one in Pennsylvania, the Conservative congregation has celebrated its 125th anniversary with a gala dinner. The major milestone, reached last month, presented an opportunity for members to look back at its long history in Trenton and consider its future in Newtown,...
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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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