Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
Israeli Grads of RRC Hope to Take Ideas Back Home
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Is it more difficult to find work as a Reconstructionist rabbi in Israel than the United States? Sitting in a Mount Airy cafe, just days away from graduation, 32-year-old Ela Merom pauses in disbelief. Then, for good measure, she rolls her eyes a bit. "Of course," she answers at last. While the movement founded in the 1960s by the disciples...
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The Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia may be slated to close, but that's not stopping a group calling itself Save Our Stiffel from trying to raise enough money to keep the place open. "Everybody thinks it's a done deal," lamented Laurel Katz, the South Philadelphia resident organizing the group of about 30 volunteers and supporters of the center. But...
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Nearly a year after the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law calling on the state's retirement funds to divest from foreign companies doing business in Iran and Sudan, a total of 14 of those firms have cut their ties with the rogue nations or expressed the intent to do so. According to an audit that's been conducted over the past...
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Aviva Fellman, 29, has wanted to be a rabbi since she was in the second grade, when she studied prayers by flashlight under her covers, late into the night. Her father, 57-year-old Jonathan Kremer, a noted graphic artist, has taken a much-less-direct route to rabbinical school. Now, the father-daughter combo from Ardmore are both students at the Jewish Theological Seminary...
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Philadelphians hoping for a Jewish mayor or member of City Council are pretty much out of luck, given the results of Tuesday's primary election. Republican John Featherman, who is Jewish, is locked in a standoff with Karen Brown, the choice of the GOP establishment. Fewer than 60 votes separate the two and not all the votes have been tallied. 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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