Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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A Montgomery County couple met last week with the parents of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was captured in a 2006 cross-border raid and has been held in Gaza by Hamas ever since. While in Jerusalem, Bernard and Lana Dishler of Upper Gwynedd stopped by the tent the Shalit family has set up outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's...
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Estelle Fleischer can't help but think of the Passover seder in terms of time -- a really long time, to be precise. Her childhood memories involved her stomach rumbling and her eyes glazing over as adults went on and on in incomprehensible Hebrew. "My father was a kosher butcher. We had to say every word of the seder," said Fleischer,...
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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is slated to visit the Jewish state next month. The freshman lawmaker -- who occupies the seat long held by Arlen Specter -- will take part in a congressional trip organized by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's nonprofit, educational arm. Toomey spoke Sunday night at AIPAC's annual Philadelphia gathering, which drew some 800 people...
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Two Philadelphia-area Orthodox congregations are hoping to entice young, observant families to relocate from the New York metropolitan region and help grow their respective communities. Congregation Beth Hamedrosh in Wynnewood and Congregation Sons of Israel in Cherry Hill, N.J., each sent a delegation to the March 27 "Emerging Jewish Communities Home and Job Relocation Fair" at the Grand Hyatt hotel...
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When Lance Cpl. Jeremy Kane of Cherry Hill, N.J., was killed in action a year ago in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, U.S. Rep. John Adler helped expedite the return of his body for a Jewish burial. Adler, who lost his seat in November, also took the time to visit Kane's mother and brothers on multiple occasions, according to Rabbi...
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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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