Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Despite heated community opposition, the Middletown Township Zoning Board voted last week to approve a New Jersey congregation's plans to build a new synagogue and Hebrew school on a 13-acre, largely undeveloped parcel of land in Langhorne. After a drawn-out hearing process stretching over several sessions, the board wasted no time in delivering its 4-1 verdict at the start of...
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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak believes that one of the most significant results of this week's election may well be the end of what he calls the "trembling-hand phenomenon" of Israeli politics. "In the past, party identity was strong enough that even if someone contemplated voting for another party, you would go behind the curtain and your hand [would]...
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Artist Laura F. Cohn's painting "Dancing the Hora" adorns the kitchen wall of her home in Bala Cynwyd. Like the artist herself, the creation was inspired by experiences and artistic traditions culled from disparate worlds and world views. Cohn, 42, grew up in a Chicago suburb and attended a humanistic Jewish congregation; her parents were married by a rabbi affiliated...
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"I planted a tree," 5-year-old Sam Schulz proudly declared. He hadn't actually placed a seed in the ground yet, but the budding arborist had - with the help of a volunteer at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Chestnut Hill - placed a seed for a dawn redwood inside a plastic cup. Sam was one of about...
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Swarthmore College freshman Aaron Schwartz has already spent about 20 hours over the course of a week fashioning a radio piece about an Iraqi skeleton sledder who tried, but failed, to make the 2006 Winter Olympics and represent his embattled country on the world stage. Now its Thursday afternoon, and Schwartz' deadline looms. The studio for the college's "War News...
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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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