Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Despite the continued objections of nearby residents and several religious leaders, the Lower Moreland Township's Zoning Hearing Board voted unanimously to approve construction of a 130-foot T-Mobile cell-phone tower on land that, depending upon whom you ask, is either adjacent to, or part of, cemetery grounds. An attorney representing a vocal group opposed to the project promised an appeal. T-Mobile...
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They're really just stone steps, all 72 of them: five flights of 13 and another with seven steps -- and those last ones are always the toughest on the legs. But throw in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the panoramic view of Center City in the backdrop, along with some background music provided by film composer Bill Conti's "Gonna...
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Shortly after rolling her cart into the frozen section at Best Value Kosher Meats in Northeast Philadelphia, a distraught Silvia Samuels suddenly embraced an employee, seemingly unwilling to let go. Moments later, another longtime shopper walked in and immediately voiced her amazement that the glatt-kosher supermarket and butcher shop -- one of the few in the city and surrounding area...
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As Jews prepared to kindle the first lights of Chanukah and commemorate the Maccabees' capture and rededication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago, an Israeli archaeologist shared his passion for unlocking the Temple Mount's long and complicated history. "We are discovering, every day, new things," said Dan Bahat, who for more than 20 years has...
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A New Jersey synagogue has abandoned its plans to build a new home in the Bucks County town of Langhorne, and instead has bought an existing church in nearby Newtown, eschewing a potential, and perhaps lengthy, legal battle in favor of a far less complicated relocation. Congregation Brothers of Israel, a 123-year-old Conservative Congregation in Trenton, N.J., won a zoning...
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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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