Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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In the fall of 2001, South Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss first displayed a series of images on concrete columns beneath a vacant, elevated section of I-95. Then 31 years old, she lacked formal training, hadn't attended college and had owned her 35-mm camera for a little more than a year. But she dreamed big. An autodidact armed with vast knowledge...
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An evangelical pastor from Uganda who recently began preaching support for Israel is being treated in an Israeli hospital after he was attacked with acid in the capital of the central African nation. A Main Line woman helped the pastor get to Israel and receive the care he needed. Pastor Umar Mulinde, 38, arrived in Israel on Jan. 5 for...
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Dozens of members of Lower Merion's Orthodox community traveled to New York on New Year's Day to rally in support of a local woman who has been trying for four years to obtain a get, a Jewish decree of divorce, from her ex-husband. The demonstration represented the latest public effort to call attention to the situation of Tamar Epstein of...
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Col. Mitchell Paulin has never doubted that the Iraq war, with its enormous cost in lives and dollars, has been worth it. But ask Paulin -- who in 2003 was a surgeon attached to the 800th Military Police Brigade in Baghdad -- about what he thinks the long-standing results of the war effort will be, and his answer becomes more...
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The nationwide push to ban Shariah, or Islamic law, from being considered within the scope of American jurisprudence has arrived in Pennsylvania -- with Jews actively lining up both for and against the measure.
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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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