Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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The conference room buzzed with a focused kind of chatter as dozens of rabbis and rabbinical students from the Philadelphia area and beyond discussed, analyzed and debated the talmudic passage at hand. Taken from a tractate of the Babylonian Talmud, this particular text raised an age-old question: Is it okay to tell a white lie in order to spare somebody's...
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University of Pennsylvania physics professor Howard Brody -- now retired -- spent the bulk of his career examining the behavior of quarks and electrons through the use of advanced particle accelerators, delving into the laws that govern energy and matter, and even the universe itself, at the most minute, elemental level. Then, nearly 30 years ago, he found another "love"...
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Michael Schudrich, a New York-born rabbi, has spent the better part of two decades working to revive Jewish life in Poland, particularly in its capital, Warsaw. But he still feels the need to, if not defend his work, at least explain why he's put so much effort into the very place where the annihilation of Europe's Jews occurred -- and...
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A Washington, D.C., lawyer who represented a client in a legal dispute with the Council on American-Islamic Relations recently presented his case against the controversial Muslim organization to a local audience. His conclusion? That public figures and Jewish groups should give CAIR the cold shoulder. "The truth will stop CAIR," said Reed Rubinstein, who asserted that leaders of the Washington,...
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Toba Spitzer thinks it's no big deal that she happens to be the first openly gay rabbi to head the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association -- or, for that matter, any major Jewish clerical association in the United States. After all, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College was the first to admit openly gay and lesbian students in 1984 and endorse the ordination of...
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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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