Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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The Philadelphia SPHAS, the long defunct South Philadelphia Hebrew Association's basketball team, are getting a historic plaque from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The team, which existed from 1918 to 1959, first as an amateur squad and later as a professional club, played an important role in both the history of Philadelphia Jewry and the development of pro-basketball. Most...
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Peter Beinart, author of The Crisis of Zionism , came to town last week and defended his much-maligned call for Americans to boycott Israeli products made in the West Bank while continuing to purchase goods made inside the Green Line. "I think where I disagree with some of my critics, they believe that this plays into and helps the BDS...
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Twenty years ago, Larry Ceisler challenged State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-District 182) in a primary. He lost, joining a long list of Democrats who tried over the years to unseat the Center City lawmaker. Though Ceisler, a well-known political and communications strategist had once been an opponent of Josephs, he grew to appreciate her style of politics. He described her...
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On a recent weekday morning, Eileen Sklaroff rolled her shopping cart through a well-stocked produce section at an enormous local supermarket. Despite the plentiful selections, her options were limited by her meager budget. The bag of potatoes Sklaroff held cost more than $4 -- too much. Then she looked closer and realized that the item was certified organic. Fortunately, she...
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As a native of Argentina and a lifelong Zionist, Daniel Kutner had spent most of his life being pessimistic about Judaism's long-term prospects for survival in the Diaspora. But after four years serving as Israel's consul general in Philadelphia, along with a previous stint in Manhattan, the 57-year-old diplomat has come to appreciate the vitality of Jewish life here --...
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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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