Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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As many as 2,000 people gathered under the midday sun in Center City's Love Park on Monday to demonstrate their support for the State of Israel, as the nearly two-week-old conflict between the Jewish state and Hezbollah raged on, and diplomatic efforts to quell the fighting appeared to intensify. The rally came as roughly 1 million Israelis were sitting in...
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Republican gubernatorial candidate and former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann is down in the polls and has $10 million less in cash than his opponent, but he insists that the campaign is still in its early stages, and once voters get to know him, he'll be able to close those gaps and run a winning race. To that end, Swann attended...
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The current stand-off between Israel and Hezbollah represents the latest round in an escalating cold war between the United States and Iran -- with nothing less than the future direction of the entire Middle East at stake -- according to a former state department official and head of a Philadelphia-based think tank. Harvey Sicherman, president and director of the Foreign...
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In the summer of 2002 -- some 35 years after its founding -- the Reconstructionist movement got into the Jewish camping business. For decades, other religious denominations had considered summer camps vital for developing a strong sense of Jewish identity and inspiring the next generation of leaders. Now, four years after following suit, the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation has officially moved...
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Hoping to whet many an appetite, the Gershman Y choose a panel discussion about the fine art of food writing -- including one journalist who even penned an article about the Jewish obsession with pork -- to kick off its participation in the "Live at the 92nd Street Y Program." Begun in 2002, the satellite broadcast program allows Jewish institutions...
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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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