Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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More than 800 people crowded into the ballroom at the Center City Sheraton on Sept. 5, all of them seemingly restless with anticipation. When Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) finally entered the room -- after a litany of speakers, including U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-District 13) and State Sen. Connie Williams (D-District 17), touted her presidential caliber -- those gathered let...
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Thanks to the wonders of the Internet -- not to mention the United Parcel Service and a generous helping of dry ice -- having kosher meat and poultry delivered directly to your home is now just a mouse click away. Michael Freedberg, the 26-year-old co-founder of a new service called www.glattondemand.com said that he initially started shipping kosher meat and...
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Pushing for reductions in fossil-fuel emissions and trying to reverse the global-warming trend nationally and throughout the world may make perfect sense, but what on earth do energy-policy goals have to do with Judaism? That question was posed to Rabbi Arthur Waskow -- who's written several books that examine how Judaism and the environment intersect -- after he'd delivered a...
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Rabbi Linda Holtzman, the new religious leader of Mishkan Shalom, a Reconstructionist congregation in Roxborough, wasn't exactly a stranger to the community before she started work there last month. In fact, four years ago, Holtzman -- or Rabbi Linda, as most congregants call her -- actually served as interim rabbi while the synagogue searched for a permanent religious leader. And...
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A handful of Hebrew books sat haphazardly on the mostly empty shelves. No family photos adorned the walls or rested on the desk in Rabbi Avraham Shmidman's new office in Lower Merion Synagogue. He's got plenty of each to choose from; there just hasn't been much time for office decorating. On Aug. 6, Shmidman and his family moved to the...
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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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