Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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It was just a few days before Tisha B'Av, the traditional fast day that commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other Jewish tragedies. Rabbi Jeff Sultar told a group of seniors who are adjusting to the recent closing of the Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia that the occasion is also about...
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's board of trustees has approved the distribution of some $20 million to fund a wide array of local and international programs and institutions. At its July 28 board meeting, Federation officials reported having $15.5 million available in unrestricted funds, some $806,000 fewer dollars than last year. At the same time, the amount of restricted...
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Coach Harrison Singer practically bounced on the sidelines, the sound of his voice as constant as the squeaking sneakers, thudding basketball and heavy breathing of his sprinting players. "Way to move without the ball," Singer, 26, shouted to his JCC Maccabi team members as they scrimmaged inside the Harriton High School gymnasium. "Guys, we have to get this stop." "You...
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Congregation Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El in Cheltenham has two signs out front. One says the 51-year-old building is up for sale. The other reads: "We're moving." The leadership wants to send the message: "We're not closing." At its annual meeting in May, the congregation that calls it-self "The Little Shul With a Big Heart" approved renting space at Reform Congregation...
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REFLECTIONS Nineteen years ago, the first time I saw U2 live at New York's Yankee Stadium, I stood in anticipation, practically quaking with excitement. Last week, as the summer light faded and nearly 70,000 people waited for the band to take the stage at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, I took full advantage of my assigned seat and hoped I'd be...
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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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