Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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On the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, attended a commemoration ceremony in Bayonne, N.J. There, officials unveiled a 100-foot-tall monument honoring the victims who died in the World Trade Center in 2001, as well as 1993. Looking over some names on the monument, Chertoff noticed a college classmate; it...
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For the Orthodox, it's more complex than it sounds
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Still a bit groggy from her nap, 5-year-old Shulamit Vered Levintov was all dressed for her lesson, sporting a bathing cap, swimsuit and flotation device; the only problem was she seemed to have no interest in getting into the pool. She'd taken a few steps down the pool ladder, but remained half in and half out for an agonizingly long...
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Between 1980 and 2003, suicide attacks accounted for only 3 percent of terrorists acts worldwide, but they resulted in 48 percent of the casualties -- a grim statistic that, at least in part, explains why so many more terrorist groups have adopted the tactic, noted Michael Horowitz, a recent addition to the political-science faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. "You...
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On June 30, Robert J. Reinstein, the first Jewish dean in the 113-year history of Temple University's law school, officially stepped down from the post that he's held for 19 years. In addition, he also relinquished his title as Temple's vice president for international programs, though he has no immediate plans of retiring. Instead, the 63-year-old resident of Chestnut Hill...
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A family awaits his imminent departure
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In an understated manner, Matt and Andi Williams -- a couple who clearly don't like to draw too much attention to themselves -- described the range of emotions they're experiencing as Matt, a civil engineer with the U.S. Navy, prepares to ship out to Iraq to assist with ongoing reconstruction efforts. Early next month, Lt. Williams is expected to leave...
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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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