Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Friends, family and even a few strangers have told Julie Braman that it seems a little crazy -- sometimes they even use stronger words like "nuts" or "insane" -- to move to Israel now, by herself, with Israel and Hezbollah clashing in a full-blown war and hundreds of rockets falling daily in northern Israel as well as in the south...
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Congregation Bnai Harim -- a Reform Synagogue in Monroe County in the Poconos -- expected to hold its first-ever service in its newly constructed building on erev Rosh Hashanah back in 2004. But earlier that day, synagogue officials learned that Tobyhanna Township hadn't granted the congregation an occupancy permit -- lighting had to be installed in the parking lot. The...
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Support in various forms for those under fire
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As citizens of Israel, particularly those in the country's beleaguered north, grapple with the state of warfare that's flared up in the last three weeks, Jews in the Philadelphia region and throughout the nation are once again rallying around the Jewish state, as they have during so many previous times of crisis. Support has come in the form of rallies,...
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Like the White House, members of Congress have largely been supportive of Israel's war against Hezbollah, even after a July 30 Israeli air strike on the Lebanese village of Kana -- which Israel said was not intentional and pledged to investigate -- killed more than 50 civilians and led to heightened international criticism of Israel's tactics. Even in America, where...
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Jewish institutions throughout the region remained on heightened alert in the wake of a July 28 shooting rampage at the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, which left one woman dead and five others wounded. Seattle police arrested 30-year-old Pakistani American Navveed Afzal Haq, whose lawyer claims he suffers from a bipolar disorder. Haq allegedly forced his way...
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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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