Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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With the prospect of a U.S. Senate debate over a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages hovering in the not-so-distant future, researchers and advocates met in Center City for what was billed as the first academic symposium focusing solely on gay and lesbian parents and their children. More than 150 people, mostly academics but also some social workers and...
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Over the years, Rabbi Elliot Holin of Kol Ami has promised his two older sons - Jonathan, 16, and David, 15 - that they would become B'nai Mitzvah in a building that was owned by the congregation. That, however, never did pan out; instead, the boys had Bar Mitzvahs at Gratz College. For almost a decade now, Kol Ami has...
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Conditions had become crowded at Congregation Beth Or's Spring House facility, a manor house the congregation has called home since 1974. With more than 1,000 member families and 700 children enrolled in its religious school, Sunday-morning Hebrew school became a logistical nightmare, even without factoring in the probability of a Men's Club or Sisterhood event at the same time. Now,...
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Octogenarian Helen Thomas - better known as the "Dean of the Washington Press Corps" - has not been shy about criticizing the president or the war in Iraq. From interviews to speeches to her forthcoming book, Watchdogs of Democracy? The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public , the 87-year-old reporter turned columnist - who still...
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Extension of existing 'eruv' will allow simple tasks to get done
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For more than 30 years now, Norm Garfield has not been able to retrieve his Saturday morning paper from the front lawn of his Wynnewood home. In fact, during Shabbat, he’s never been able to take advantage of a warm spring afternoon by lounging with a book in his own backyard. “You couldn’t have lunch outside either,” said the 63-year-old...
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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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