Friday, November 28, 2014 Kislev 6, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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The authors of the September 2009, United Nations-backed Goldstone Report -- accusing the Israel Defense Force of deliberately targeting Palestinian civilians and committing war crimes -- were provided ample evidence to the contrary by the very army being accused, but chose to ignore much of it, a high-ranking Israeli officer told a Center City audience. Col. Bentzi Gruber addressed a...
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Little is known about Morris Gelles, except his name and final act. One hundred years ago, the 26-year-old Philadelphia police officer charged into a blazing leather factory in Northern Liberties in an effort to rescue trapped firefighters. According to local newspaper accounts, the weather was so frigid that fire hydrants were completely frozen, greatly hampering efforts to put out the...
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Two days before Thanksgiving, Northeast Philadelphia residents Arthur and Kate Hill got an early start with a lunch of turkey, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. They sat at a table full of friends, some they consider as close as family. "It's wonderful, at our age, to have a place where you know you are going to feel welcome," said Arthur...
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Z Street — a pro-Israel organization based in Lower Merion -- is stepping up its allegations that the Internal Revenue Service discriminates against groups that focus on Israel activism.
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Or not so small: Getting some assistance to pay for heat or medicine is crucial for seniors
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Marilyn Kaplan had shed weight precipitously in the months following her cancer diagnosis and needed to take in more calories in order to have the strength to withstand months of chemotherapy. The problem: Pricey nutritional supplements that help with weight gain typically aren't covered by insurance. "They're very expensive, and I couldn't afford it," said the 76-year-old resident of Northeast...
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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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