Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Sarah Martinez-Helfman's office in the Novacare Complex overlooks the expanse of green field where the Philadelphia Eagles are preparing for the upcoming season. Her room is also cluttered with autographed team memorabilia. Nonetheless, she doesn't want to talk football. During a conversation about her position as executive director of the Eagles Youth Partnership and its work with underprivileged kids, the...
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Clad in an olive-green prison uniform and noticeably thinner than the last time she appeared before Judge Anita Brody, 74-year-old Betty Shusterman needed the help of a walker to inch her way across the federal courtroom she'd navigated so many times before. Eventually, she sat at the same defendant's table that she occupied during her four-week trial nearly two years...
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Anita Block cannot wait for Sept. 8 to arrive. The new principal of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School's Forman Center has set an important task for herself - learning the names of all 175 students - and she's anxious to get started. "There is usually something outstanding about a child's personality, the way they approach things and...
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Bryan schwartzman Jewish Exponent Staff Since the Palestinians launched a war of attrition popularly called the second intifada nearly five years ago, the public-relations deck has been stacked in their favor, especially on college campuses across the United States. Philadelphia-area institutions of higher education hardly differ in this regard. At Swarthmore College, for instance - a 1,500-student, liberal-arts institution steeped...
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Corn stalks stretched skyward, conspiring with a slight hill to obscure an already elusive homestead deep in Amish country. Then, almost as if by magic, the scene revealed itself, resembling nothing so much as a postcard: a barn, an elaborate birdhouse just off to the side of the driveway, a black cast-iron bell set atop a white house, a pond...
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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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