Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

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Back in 1955, the Soviet Union and the spread of communism constituted America's greatest threats overseas. Concerned that the country's policy-makers did not have a clear, long-term approach to what he rightly believed would be a projected conflict, University of Pennsylvania professor Robert-Strauz-Hupe established the Foreign Policy Research Institute. A half-century later, FPRI remains in Philadelphia, although its focus has...
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The construction of an eruv - a symbolic barrier surrounding an area within which observant Jews are halachically permitted to carry things outside of their homes on Shabbat - has for years been a dream of many in Center City. And now that Mayor John Street has signed into law a City Council ordinance approving the eruv, the only apparent...
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David Ruderman has a passion - an obsession, really - with excavating the Jewish past. He also happens to be a rabbi who heads what he calls a "great secular yeshiva." The 61-year-old Lower Merion resident serves the University of Pennsylvania in two capacities: as the Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History, and as director of the Center for...
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Why is it that some children can breeze through books above their grade level, but can't for the life-of-them comprehend long division, while others can effortlessly identify a musical note or pitch, but just can't seem to tell a fast ball from a curve ball until after they've swatted air? According to the theory of multiple intelligences, first proposed by...
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Just about a year ago, the former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, then Israel's Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, spoke here at the Gershman Y and highlighted the universal themes of his 2004 book, The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, arguing how international pressure helped topple the authoritarian regime in the Soviet Union...
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Profile

Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. 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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