Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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Making his re-election pitch inside an Elkins Park synagogue earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter ratcheted up his criticism of President Barack Obama's dealings with Israel. "I say publicly: You are wrong, Mr. President," Specter said Sunday afternoon, referring to the administration's call for Israel to cease building in eastern Jerusalem, and news reports of Obama's private chastising of...
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Plans to open a publicly funded, Hebrew-language charter school in Center City this fall are moving full steam ahead, despite some substantial stumbling blocks. The school, which organizers are hoping to open in September, would be the region's first charter school aimed primarily at Jewish children. Proponents say that the curriculum will focus on the Hebrew language, as well as...
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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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