Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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With more than 240 million trees planted and 89 reservoirs built in Israel, the Jewish National Fund can claim to know a little something about water and environmental issues. And as nations across the globe struggle with finding access to clean water supplies and creating sustainable development, officials at JNF's American branch -- it is made up of more than...
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The Pennsylvania State Senate took a baby step toward slashing the size of the General Assembly, one of the largest and costliest state legislatures in the nation. Earlier this month the Senate's State Government Committee approved a bill that would reduce the size of that body from 50 members to 40 and trim the House down from 203 representatives to...
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Even as supporters of Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania sipped their fashionable cocktails and sampled spring rolls at a recent fundraiser for the organization, an undercurrent of palpable anger managed to bubble up every so often to disrupt the festive atmosphere. That's because the organization's 11th Annual Spring Gathering -- held May 1 at the Academy of Natural Sciences on...
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West Philadelphia native Harry Azoff recalls exactly where he was on May 15, 1948 -- the day that David Ben-Gurion read Israel's Declaration of Independence, creating the first Jewish state in more than 2,000 years. On that day, the now 83-year-old was nowhere near Tel Aviv; nevertheless, he retains vivid memories of the historic moment -- memories that educators thought...
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It's been a few weeks since Tom Knox, the millionaire businessman, pulled ahead in the polls -- more than enough time for local pundits to consider what such a victory in the May 15 Democratic primary might say about Philadelphia politics and where it's heading. After all, the conventional wisdom is that Philadelphia, unlike New York and other large urban...
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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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