Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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University of Pennsylvania historian David Ruderman acknowledges that academics -- himself included -- often gear their writing to other scholars, rather than to a general audience. In addition, historians tend to stick to their own intellectual turf, rather than wading into unfamiliar waters. An expert on Jewish life and thought during the Italian Renaissance -- with an particular interest in...
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Jerry Sorkin knows Tunisia far better than the average American. In fact, that's exactly where the founder of TunisUSA, a touring company based in Wayne, spends much of the year. Since the early 1980s, when he began visiting the North African nation as an Oriental-rug dealer, Sorkin said that he's heard plenty of grumbling about official corruption. But even he...
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Ed Rendell may now be a former governor and a private citizen once again -- Republican Gov. Tom Corbett took the oath of office Tuesday morning -- but don't expect the 67-year-old to be sitting around idly. In fact, the two-term governor and former Philadelphia mayor -- who admittedly has never spent much time in synagogue, but has expressed pride...
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For the past eight years, Pennsylvania has had a Jewish governor and a Jewish senator -- a scenario that never happened before and may never come again. With U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, 80, having delivered his final floor speech and Gov. Ed Rendell, 66, marking the end of his two terms with a Jan. 2 party featuring the Beach Boys,...
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Following years of steadily declining membership, Suburban Jewish Community Center B'nai Aaron, a longstanding Conservative synagogue in Havertown, is entering into merger talks with Adath Israel in Merion Station. The decision to enter negotiations came at a Dec. 19 congregational meeting, more than a year after synagogue leaders said it no longer made fiscal sense to hold on to its...
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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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