Thursday, November 20, 2014 Heshvan 27, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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The problem is not whether there should be a future Palestinian state. It's about the Palestinian's abandonment of the peace process and a refusal to negotiate with Israel for the terms of such a state. That's the message Israel, the United States and many Jewish groups are sending as the Palestinians push ahead seeking unilateral declaration of statehood in the...
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On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, a West Philadelphia imam told several hundred people gathered for the city's official memorial that the horrors of that day had alerted him to the need for interfaith engagement. "It was a wake-up call," Imam Anwar Muhaimin of the Quba Institute said as he stood at the podium with...
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On Sept. 11, 2001, Atlanta native Michael Knopf had been in New York less than two weeks. The college freshman, a student at the joint program run by Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, was in Hebrew class during those fateful moments when the towers were struck. When class recessed for five minutes, the students learned only that the...
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Lt. Cmdr. Adam Cooper, a medical doctor and trauma specialist in the U.S. Navy Reserve, is headed for Afghanistan and along with his stethoscope and other gear, he's packing a siddur and Chumash. The 35-year-old Center City resident, a staff physician at the VA Medical Center in University City, has for years envisioned serving his country in a war zone...
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With his laptop resting on a table in the library of the Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia, Rabbi Meir Fachler patiently answered questions from an eighth-grade Talmud teacher. The discussion didn't pertain to disputations on halachah. Rather, they focused on just how to make the best classroom use of a computer program designed in Israel that's called "Gemara Berura." The...
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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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