Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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On his first visit to the Jewish state, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-District 8) met with many of Israel's top elected officials, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, but the freshman lawmaker said that an encounter with a 5-year-old boy whose family lives in the beleaguered town of Sederot turned out to be the most memorable. "I want to grow up...
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A growing number of college and university presidents, both nationally and regionally, have signed on to a petition, circulated by the American Jewish Committee, that condemns the proposed British academic boycott of Israel, and expresses solidarity with Israeli colleges and research institutions. The initiative came as a backlash to the May vote by the University and College Union of the...
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Al Taubenberger, who's hoping to be the first Republican to occupy Philadelphia City Hall in about 60 years, said during a meeting with Jewish community officials that he'd be a better communicator than the current mayor, and would find ways to keep big and small businesses alike from leaving the city. "The business privilege tax -- I'm for eliminating it...
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State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-153) urged Jewish community officials to support his Terror Free Investment Act, which would mandate several state pension funds to divest from any company that does business with the five nations labeled by the U.S. State Department as sponsors of terror: Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan and Cuba. The Associated Press reported over the weekend that...
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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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