Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Hoping to attract vacationers to the Jersey shore, Chabad-Lubavitch has opened a storefront synagogue in the heart of Ventnor, just blocks from the beach and boardwalk. The synagogue, called Chabad at the Shore, is being run by Chabad of Atlantic County, a roughly 14-year-old organization based in Margate, N.J., the town that neighbors Ventnor. The Margate site -- not too...
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As Hezbollah-launched Katyusha rockets fell on northern Israeli cities over the past few days and casualties mounted on both sides of the Lebanese border, organizing began for three separate rallies aimed to express solidarity with the Jewish state. Also at issue was the release of three Israeli soldiers currently in captivity. Two rallies are planned for the night of Thursday,...
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The issue of what to do about the country's roughly 12 million illegal immigrants -- namely, whether to crack down with laws that focus on punishment or come up with a more lenient approach that offers a possible path to citizenship -- has emerged as a major issue in the race to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Rick...
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Every year on the eve of Shavuot -- the spring festival holiday that marks God's giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai -- Jews traditionally gather to study, discuss and analyze a chosen set of religious texts. So in that vein, organizers of a July 3 event at Congregation Mikveh Israel wondered: Why not apply that...
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As Philadelphians prepared to celebrate Independence Day, a short ceremony was held outside Congregation Mikveh Israel in Old City to mark the 30th anniversary of another historic event that occurred on the fourth of July -- Israel's hostage rescue at Entebbe. Considered one of the Israeli military's greatest successes, three planes carrying more than 200 Israeli commandos rescued 101 Israelis...
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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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