Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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As one of 12 members of the Congressional Supercommittee tasked with trimming more than $1 trillion from the national budget over 10 years, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's calendar is pretty full these days -- especially considering that the Nov. 23 deadline is fast approaching to get a deal done. Still, officials at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia have managed...
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Israel has always been a mainstay in Libby Lenkinski's life. Her mother grew up there and, as a child, she visited relatives living on kibbutzim in picturesque northern Israel.
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The only scheduled Philadelphia mayoral debate is slated to be aired by Fox29 on Erev Yom Kippur, and challenger Karen Brown is blaming Mayor Michael Nutter for the timing. "I know it's Yom Kippur. My ex-husband is Jewish. My kids are half-Jewish," said Brown, a former Democratic committeewoman who earlier this year switched parties to run for the city's top...
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Richard Address knew he wanted to become a rabbi as early as the 10th grade, after his confirmation ceremony at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. He recalled being in awe of the late rabbi and historian Bertram Korn. Address went on to become a very different kind of religious leader, devoting much of his career to the Reform...
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Nearly 20 years after leaving his job in the government affairs office of the American Jewish Committee to start rabbinical school, Rabbi Mark Robbins is returning to the organization to head up its Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey regional office. Seating a rabbi at the helm marks a major change for the local AJC office. For decades, the local office was headed...
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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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