Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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One of the most important documents in American Jewish history hasn't been seen by the public in a decade but will soon be displayed at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The Philadelphia museum is set, for a limited time, to feature the original, handwritten 1790 letter that President George Washington wrote -- or at least signed -- to...
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One of the most important documents in American Jewish history hasn't been seen by the public in a decade but will soon be displayed at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The Philadelphia museum is set, for a limited time, to feature the original, handwritten 1790 letter that President George Washington wrote -- or at least signed -- to...
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Working day and night in preparation for his Bar Mitzvah, Manuel Grife would often stop and pray that it would all go over well. The last thing he wanted to do was make a mistake in front of friends and family -- and he certainly didn't want to let the rabbi down. Grife is 83-years-old. And the rabbi who officiated...
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Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I. has been forever linked in Jewish history with President George Washington's famous 1790 letter to the Jews of Newport -- which will soon be on display at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia as part of a special exhibition. But as much as the letter itself, Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue building...
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With the Presbyterian Church USA once again poised to debate divestment from companies that do business in Israel, the Presbytery of Philadelphia has adopted its own resolution that rejects such a stance. And the local clergy opposed to divestment are taking their opposition a step further: The Philadelphia resolution -- known in church parlance as an overture -- will be...
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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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