Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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A light, freezing rain had driven nearly everyone underneath the protective awning attached to the Independence Mall Visitors Center. Awaiting the kindling of the 37-foot-tall menorah - which sat next to a scene of the three Magi put up by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia - folks began dancing the hora to Chanukah melodies supplied by a nearby keyboardist. Lois Yampolsky,...
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Elections have gotten under way for the 35th World Zionist Congress, set for this June in Jerusalem, and proponents say the three-day event is the best existing forum for Jews of wide-ranging religious and political persuasions - and from nearly every corner of the world - to help set the course for the future of the Jewish people. This year,...
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Susan Heller Pinto has the unenviable task of sifting through political cartoons that appear in publications worldwide and that many deem anti-Semitic, and then deciding which are egregious enough to be highlighted on the Web site of the Anti-Defamation League. She recalled a recent one in particular that likened Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to none other than Adolf Hitler...
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Back in 1994, Eugenia Mukeshimana was eight months pregnant when waves of violence broke out in her native Rwanda. As a member of the minority Tutsi tribe, the expectant mother was forced to separate from her husband and go into hiding. More than half a million people, mostly ethnic Tutsis, were killed by militias comprised of the majority Hutus in...
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"Come on!" Mike Zukerman shouted sternly to himself after his errant shot floated several inches past the end of the table, then bounced off the floor. After a few seconds, the sounds of the game resumed and once again filled the basement room of the Jewish Community Centers Klein Branch in Northeast Philadelphia: Feet shuffled and sneakers squeaked while the...
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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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