Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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One protracted political battle is over and another one is already fully under way. Less than a week after Hillary Clinton ended her quest for the presidency, both John McCain and Barack Obama made stops in Philadelphia, foreshadowing a heated campaign for Pennsylvania's key electoral votes. During a June 11 appearance at the National Constitution Center, the presumptive Republican nominee...
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Natan Sharansky -- the world-famous refusenik and symbol of the Soviet Jewry movement, who later became a deputy prime minister of Israel and a noted author -- began his talk at the Free Library of Philadelphia by posing something of an odd question: What do John Lennon and Al Qaeda have in common? Speaking on June 5 before a surprisingly...
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Some five months after New Jersey voters weighed in on the Democratic and Republican presidential contests, the campaign for the U.S. Senate seat is not generating the same voter intensity and interest that was sparked by Super Tuesday. That would seem to mean good news for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who, at 84, is seeking his fifth term. After...
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Nearly a year after Hillel held a groundbreaking ceremony at Temple University to symbolically mark the start of construction on a new Jewish center there, students, donors and officials gathered for a short celebration marking the actual commencement of demolition and construction. A project long in the works, the 13,000-square-foot Edward H. Rosen Hillel Center is expected to be completed...
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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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