Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Is the administration of President Barack Obama pursuing policies that are detrimental to Israel's security and international standing? Or is the distrust that Obama is facing among some American Jews and Israelis more of an issue of perception and how policies have been framed? That's the question Rabbi Andrea Merow of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park had in mind...
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Proponents of a proposed Hebrew-language charter school in Philadelphia have been working to drum up interest by holding informational meetings and putting advertising in the Jewish Exponent and other publications. But despite some early claims that the school would be set to open in September, it appears likely that the institution won't be up and running at least until the...
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Until now, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter -- one of the most influential Jewish politicians of the last 30 years -- has been known as a political escape artist, achieving electoral victories in the face of probably defeat. Friends and supporters say that the son of an immigrant from Russia, who went from being the lone Jewish kid in Russel, Kan.,...
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Apparently, not all Jewish festivals have been created equal. Passover has the seder -- the most widely observed Jewish ritual -- the eating of matzah and a stirring narrative of a people's deliverance from slavery. Sukkot, which has undergone something of a revival among non-Orthodox Jews in recent years, has the building of the sukkah booth at home, and the...
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The teacher switched off the Israeli rock and hip-hop tunes blaring from his laptop and, although only a handful of students were at their desks, dove right into the day's topic: What does it mean to be a Jewish hero? In the past few months, they have discussed a range of figures -- from baseball legend Sandy Koufax to funny...
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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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