Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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The director of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition asked if a representative of the group could testify at an upcoming Harrisburg hearing on immigration. The request was considered, but the director was told, in effect, "Thanks, but no thanks." State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-District 12), the chairman of the Pennsylvania House's State Government Committee, called for the hearings, which began Aug...
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The Grand Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Rajab Mubajje, had a request last month for Rabbi Jon Cutler: Next time you make it to Kampala, bring a Chumash. During the same trip, the chief Islamic judge of Ethiopia, Sheikh Abdul Chello, made a similar appeal: Next visit, stay longer and teach me about Judaism. Though educating East African Muslim leaders about...
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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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