Sunday, November 23, 2014 Kislev 1, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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Rabbi Linda Holtzman's voice quavered noticeably as she read the names of the 146 individuals -- the victims were largely Jewish and Italian women -- who perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York on March 25, 1911. A day shy of a century later, more than 200 people recited the Kaddish prayer in their memory, albeit with a...
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As revolutionary fervor has swept the Arab world from Tunisia to Bahrain -- and engulfed Libya in one of the bloodiest conflicts -- the Jewish state has tred a delicate line between embracing democracy in theory and worrying about what Arab democracy might look like in practice. "We're watching with awe on one hand, with caution on the other; but...
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Jerusalem's deputy mayor, Naomi Tsur, is on a mission to create a green link between her city and Philadelphia. As the head of sustainability in the office of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Tsur doesn't deal with security, politics or religious tensions. Instead, her portfolio focuses on issues such as climate change, recycling and planning for a healthier, environmentally sound future...
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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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