Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Shifting a synagogue three-quarters of a mile may not sound like much - especially when it's from one side of City Avenue to the other - but for members of Overbrook Park's Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, it's become a herculean task, albeit one that moved one step closer to completion. On July 27, the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners granted...
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Michael Grossman, the founder of a two-year-old nonprofit organization called LiteracyToday, has no formal background in education. But that hasn't stopped the 55-year-old from coming up with a plan to boost reading levels for public-school students in one of the Garden State's most troubled cities - Camden, N.J. Nor has it prevented Camden City Public Schools officials, state legislators and...
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The fight over Ardmore's future continues
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The U.S. Supreme Court is generally viewed as the final arbiter of disputes in the country. But the debate over whether municipalities such as Lower Merion Township can transfer property from one owner to another in the hopes of revitalizing a neighborhood and increasing its tax base - an issue the court ruled on just last month - is far...
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Clank. The aluminum bat made sharp contact with the leather-covered softball, thrown so slowly that it seemed to momentarily hang in the summer air before being driven toward the dirt. The hitter's teammates could tell by the high-pitched sound that he didn't get all of it. So 71-year-old Jim Brody tossed the bat aside and made his best effort at...
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In the past, contacting the Jewish Agency for Israel - a quasi-governmental Israeli institution with branches worldwide - suggested a desire for a one-way ticket to Israel, and to trade one home country for another. While JAFI has far from given up on its original goals, its American arm is now reformulating its mission in broader terms. Fostering Jewish identity...
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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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