Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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Standing near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the oldest public Holocaust monument in North America, a small group of politicians, Jewish leaders and survivors of the Shoah blasted the Iranian regime for organizing a conference that sought to call into question the occurrence of the calamitous genocide. "It pains me to have to rebuke and denounce a government...
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From the outset, the 2007 election cycle looked to be a challenging one for the Republican Party, yet many political observers in the area predicted that incumbents Michael Fitzpatrick (R-District 8) and Curt Weldon (R-District 7) would be able to overcome public disenchantment with the president and the war in Iraq, and hold on to their seats. On the other...
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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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