Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Palestinian violence and financial meltdowns aside, travel program leaders unanimously point to one cause for a dramatic drop in teenage visitors to the Jewish state over the past decade: Taglit-Birthright Israel.
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Laurel Hill Cemetery, a national historic landmark, inadvertently scheduled its first ever Jewish Heritage Month program on Shavuot.
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From dedicating a 160-year-old Torah scroll written in Iraq to visiting the region of the Czech Republic where their Torahs came from, local congregants celebrate their holy texts as Shavuot nears.
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With enough work, imagination and PR, could rabbis somehow broaden the appeal of Sha­vuot?
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Retired U.S. Rep. Barney Frank told an audience of more than 200 local Jews on May 5 that the United States needs to trim its military budget and raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
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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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