Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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When Haley Simon entered sixth grade last year, she started school with the confidence to wear hair extensions and to be herself -- quirks and all. But in the world of middle school, she soon discovered, the consequences of seeming just a bit different proved to be severe. The bullying began on school grounds, with students hurling insults at her...
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Almost four years to the day after the national lobbying organization J Street was founded, it's once again at the center of a local brouhaha -- revisiting the question of who is permitted inside the pro-Israel tent and who's out in the cold. At issue was a private meeting held earlier this week at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Center...
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Martins Run Senior Living Community in Media is rededicating a historic Torah scroll that was written in what is now the Czech Republic and was used by a Jewish community that was decimated in the Holocaust. Jirik Schreiber, an 86-year-old man from Lipnik, Czech Republic, was slated to take part in the ceremony via Skype on April 19 to coincide...
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The University of Pennsylvania is launching a new digital partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute that makes available on Penn's campus all of the video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses collected by the foundation. Penn is currently the only site in the state where individuals have access to the 52,000 video testimonies that have been recorded in...
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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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