Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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John Featherman knows a little something about long odds. Injured in a horseback-riding accident at age 7, he was told that he'd never breathe on his own again. Featherman, who's overcome numerous related physical challenges, is a 46-year-old Center City real estate agent who has made several unsuccessful runs for political offices. Now, he's embarking on what most political observers...
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Roughly a dozen local rabbis and rabbinical students signed a letter calling on Brandeis University's Hillel to reverse its decision and accept a membership bid by the local Jewish Voice for Peace Chapter. Several weeks ago, Hillel's board voted to reject the application of JVP, an organization that has been criticized for its support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...
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The architects of a new charitable partnership are not only hoping to dramatically improve how the Jewish community serves families with special needs, they're also seeking to shake up how big-league private philanthropy is practiced in the region. The idea behind the Venture Philanthropy Partnership is to devote significant resources to areas that have been traditionally underfunded by Jewish organizations...
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As he prayed in a packed Northeast Philadelphia congregation, with the clear morning light filtering through the windows, Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar's long white beard appeared to become one with the tallis that was enshrouding his head. At a traditional break in the service, the Moroccan-born Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel -- on a rare visit to Philadelphia -- began...
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Two Jewish Democratic lawmakers who sit on the State Senate's education committee recently found themselves on opposite sides of a heated Harrisburg debate over taxpayer-funded school vouchers. State Sen. Andy Dinniman's support for the voucher bill helped pass it out of committee, but he's got serious reservations about the measure and says he may ultimately oppose it. State Sen. Daylin...
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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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