Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Marianna Salz may have been born in Latvia, but she grew up in the city of Philadelphia. Salz is an immigration lawyer with many friends -- also born in parts of the former Soviet Union -- who work in business, medicine and other white-collar professions. They own homes in suburban neighborhoods like Richboro and Lower Moreland, she said. So, Salz,...
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In the midst of a combative Democratic primary race, both U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-District 7) are slated to sit down with Jewish communal leaders to discuss issues ranging from the needs of social-service providers to American policy in the Middle East. On April 8, Sestak is scheduled to hold an off-the-record breakfast meeting...
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Former refusenik Yosef Begun still keeps a series of black-and-white sketches of Moses, and other biblical figures and scenes, that an inmate in a Soviet prison had drawn for him more than 30 years ago. Begun, who was arrested in the late 1970s for promoting Jewish education and identity to a Russian Jewish populace that had lost many of its...
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By receiving the approval of the Lower Merion Township Zoning Board, Stern Hebrew High School has cleared perhaps the last major hurdle in its effort to relocate from its current facility in Northeast Philadelphia to a 4-acre campus on the Main Line. If all goes according to plan, the institution will take over the building formerly occupied by Akiba Hebrew...
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Two months after accepting an endorsement from J Street's political action committee, a local Democratic congressional candidate is disassociating himself from the upstart lobbying group. Doug Pike -- a former editorial writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer who is now seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-District 6) -- asked J Street officials this week to remove him from its...
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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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