Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Staff Writer
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Just outside the entrance to Mikveh Israel's sanctuary, a display case houses replicas of letters to the historic congregation from three American presidents: George Washington in 1790, Abraham Lincoln in 1862 and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who in 1940 offered congratulations on the shul's 200th anniversary. These days, though, the focus at the Old City, Sephardi congregation that sits on Independence...
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Congressman-elect Patrick Murphy (D-District 8) remarked that bipartisan work won't be a stretch for him -- after all, it's a part of his life. His mother, Margaret Murphy, works for retiring State Sen. Joseph Conti (R-District 10), and his wife, Jennifer, was once a member of the College Republicans. He himself voted for President George W. Bush in 2000, and...
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At the schools run by the Abayudaya, the tiny Jewish community in Uganda, students of Jewish, Christian and Muslim backgrounds learn side by side.
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Uriah P. Levy, the first Jewish commodore of the United States Navy, was one for voyages.Uriah P. Levy, the first Jewish commodore of the United States Navy, was one for voyages.
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Plates full of Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing were placed alongside Asian cuisine and kugel on a buffet table stretched across the gymnasium in the Old Pine Community Center in Society Hill.
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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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