Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
Far more than in the past, said Rabbi Gregory Marx, the AIPAC conference focused attention on Israeli contributions to the world, rather than solely concentrating on threats facing the country.
Every time one of Cantor Jordan Franzel's nieces or nephews becomes a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, he sets a piece of Jewish liturgy to original music and performs the song as part of the ceremony.
Two Israeli law students traveled to local campuses to teach about what it's like serving in the Israeli military.
Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz announced he is ending his 10-year tenure as president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote.
Across the region, synagogues are trying all kinds of things to reimagine Shabbat, part of the ongoing quest to make the synagogue relevant and meaningful.


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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