Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Kislev 25, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Two years after filing a federal law suit in Philadelphia that claimed pro-Israel groups seeking nonprofit status were unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, Z Street may finally get its day in court.
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Barry Morrison, who has spent 35 years with the Anti-Defamation League, announced that he’s stepping down from his position as Philadelphia area director at the end of the year.
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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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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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