Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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What does the face of the area's Jewish community look like in the first part of the 21st century? For one, it's more wrinkled than it's ever been, with far fewer children in its midst than it had even a decade ago. At the same time, the intermarriage rate has reached 45 percent for Jews under 40, with only 29...
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Yonah Gross celebrated a birthday last week, but he hasn't told many of his new congregants just how old that makes him. "I am 29. It's a little bit of a secret. In Orthodox circles, it's kind of young to be the rabbi of a shul," said the boyish-looking rabbi. Last month, the father of two became just the second...
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One year ago, soon after the war in Gaza had ended and Barack Obama prepared to take the oath of office, many openly wondered if the dismal state of the economy would prevent the new president from devoting more than cursory attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iranian nuclear threat. Now, a mere 12 months later, the president has...
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If Jews weren't seemingly hard-wired to remember everything, especially calamity, the first decade of the 21st century might be one to simply forget. From war in the Middle East to years of bombings in Israel, to global financial collapse and scandal at home, the 2000s -- or whatever we decide to call those 10 years, in retrospect -- will surely...
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School officials reacted swiftly after a handful of student spectators uttered anti-Semitic chants during a basketball game last week between Lower Merion and Upper Darby high schools. During the closing moments of a Dec. 15 game held at Upper Darby -- a contest Lower Merion won handily -- several parents said that they heard spectators chant, "Warm up the Ovens"...
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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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