Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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.
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A new book shows how to incease the spiritual energy on Shabbat.
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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey met with Jewish leaders in Philadelphia to explain his positions on Chuck Hagel, gun control and more.
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The presidential election may be long over, but for members of the Republican Jewish Coalition, the wound of the defeat is still fresh.
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A cyber charter school in Chinatown has a kosher kitchen and teaches Hebrew to a diverse group of students, none of whom is Jewish.
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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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