Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

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Elad Strohmayer is no stranger to American Jewry. Before joining the foreign service in 2010, the new deputy consul general in Philadelphia worked for the Jewish Agency for Israel in Jerusalem, overseeing Israeli counselors who work in Jewish summer camps in the United States and Canada. Strohmayer said that position gave him insight into the complex array of Jewish groups...
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More than 600 rabbis nationwide, including 37 from Pennsylvania, signed on to a Rabbis for Obama list released Aug. 21 by President Barack Obama's campaign. The list, available at www.barackobama.com/rabbis , has been in the works for at least a year. The number of signers this year exceeds the 400-some rabbis who lent their names to the effort in 2008...
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Will pairing Hebrew and Mandarin Chinese language classes at a new Phila­delphia charter school make a perfect yin and yang -- or prove to be something of an educational odd couple? Chinese and Hebrew may seem like an unusual combination but organizers of the new venture point out that both are ancient languages that originated on the Asian continent. The...
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Lynne Lechter of Lower Merion likens the Republican Party to the state of Israel. Both entities are morally correct in their stances, contends Lechter, a corporate attorney, but both have allowed their opponents to define them rather than articulating well what they stand for. She hopes that the upcoming Republican National Convention, which begins Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla., will...
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The man who is at the center of a controversy for refusing to grant his ex-wife a get , or a Jewish divorce, was allegedly assaulted two weeks ago in Bala Cynwyd after dropping his 4-year-old daughter at her grandmother's house. At least one blogger has hinted that the alleged assailants may have been supporters of the victim's ex-wife, but...
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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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