Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Seymour Rosenbloom, the region’s longest-serving Conservative rabbi, is serving his last year at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park and is looking ahead to his retirement.
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Two Conservative synagogues a mile apart from one another in Elkins Park have merged a number of the religious functions they provide — and expect to do more.
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State Sen. Anthony Williams spent a much of his acceptance speech at the Zionist Organization of America’s annual gala and awards dinner blasting those groups that had implored him not to attend.
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A strong local contingent traveled to Baltimore to examine out-of-the-box ways to reinvigorate their synagogues, serve interfaith families and reverse staggering declines revealed in a recent study of American Jewry.
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After serving in Congress for nearly 20 years, Philadelphian Chaka Fattah traveled to Israel this week and spoke at a brain research conference.
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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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