Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Back in the 1980s and '90s, when Rabbi Lance Sussman was researching the life of 19th-century Jewish leader Isaac Leeser, he would shuttle back and forth between institutes in Cincinnati and Philadelphia, the repositories where the bulk of Leeser's papers were stored. The rabbi kept his notes on thousands of index cards and stored his work on numerous floppy disks...
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A crowd of supporters, a contingent of protesters and the ubiquitous curious onlooker swarmed around leading GOP contender Rudy Giuliani and his wife, Judith, as they arrived in South Philadelphia, then made their way through the crowd and up to the counter at Geno's Steaks. Giuliani reportedly ordered a "Whiz wit," a steak served with Cheese Whiz and onion fries...
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As conservative thinker Norman Podhoretz vociferously defended the Bush Doctrine, in addition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some members of the Center City audience he was addressing shook their heads, laughed or even heckled the man. When he then went on to advocate a pre-emptive strike against Iran to thwart the regime's nuclear capabilities, one woman called out,...
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A pianist lightly tickled the ivories as roughly two-dozen guests -- all major contributors to the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev -- milled about on the first floor of a 19th-century brownstone off Rittenhouse Square. The supporters sipped on wine, nibbled on cheeses and crudités, and quietly admired the private residence decorated with large paintings, sculptures and antique furniture, as...
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Once she signed on to the "Draft Fred Thompson 2008 Committee" at the beginning of the year, Downingtown resident Judy Davidson -- who is convinced that no other candidate can win the White House in 2008 -- anxiously awaited the moment when the former U.S. senator from Tennessee and well-known star of "Law & Order" would plunge into the presidential...
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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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