Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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The teacher grew up in a secular Jewish home in Liverpool, England, before embracing Jewish law and becoming an Orthodox rabbi. The student was raised in a Reform household in Connecticut, and disassociated himself from Judaism as a teen before toying with atheism and Buddhism. Now, he's trying to meld East and West, and is enrolled at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical...
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Meir and Shira Reiner thought it was time to leave Queens behind and move to a more affordable Orthodox community. Although Meir Reiner is an ordained rabbi, he works professionally as a high-tech entrepreneur. So basically, all he needs is a good Internet connection. The couple looked into numerous options, but a year-and-a-half ago, they settled on a fixer-upper within...
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Terms like ratio analysis and comparative financial analysis may sound like gobbledygook -- at least to those who haven't studied business or statistics. But supporters of a new initiative to systematically analyze the financial health and practices of Philadelphia-area Jewish day schools hope that by employing such measures, the institutions can become more efficient and affordable. The $720,000 project is...
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There hasn't been a Jewish member of Philadelphia City Council since the death of 90-year-old David Cohen in 2005. Now, at least two Jews are campaigning for a council seat, though there's still more than a month left to file to be on the ballot for the May 17 primary. One of the Jewish Democratic contenders is Cohen's daughter, Sherrie...
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On a section of the wall in Rabbi Albert Gabbai's book-lined living room hang images that conjure up moments in the life of Egypt's vanished Jewish community. In one photograph, taken in the early 1940s, a group of men dressed in traditional Ottoman hats hover over a swaddled infant, Gabbai's older brother, following his brit milah. But don't expect 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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