Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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For the past 23 years, the Politz Hebrew Academy, an Orthodox day school in Northeast Philadelphia, has served young boys and girls as a home away from home. But after two decades in business, it's time for a little home improvement. Thanks to private contributions, the school is getting a $1.5 million face-lift that will create 11 additional classrooms, along...
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In honor of a child, kids do what they do best: eat dessert!
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Jeffrey Kahan has many pictures of his youngest son, Joshua. By far, his favorite remains a simple snapshot of a still-healthy boy relishing an ice-cream cone. In April 1997, Josh was diagnosed with leukemia - the No. 1 disease killer of American children between the ages of 1 and 14. Five months later, shortly before his third birthday, Josh succumbed...
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Demanding better health benefits and higher salaries, employees of the Golden Slipper Health and Rehab Center, a Jewish nursing home in Northeast Philadelphia, took to the picket line at the stroke of midnight on the first day of July, the date that marked the expiration of their five-year contract. Part of the National Union of Hospital and Health-Care Employees, the...
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Stepping over an aged dog to enter a modest living room on a quiet street in East Mount Airy - cooled by an afternoon breeze and decorated with pictures of her children, both biological and adopted - it's hard to imagine that the woman sitting inside spends much of her time inside prison walls. But in between sips of powdered...
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Avivah Raziel, who helps bring life into the world as a neonatal nurse, was at work at Hadassah Hospital on Aug. 9, 2001, when she heard that a suicide bomber had struck a pizza place in the heart of Jerusalem, claiming 15 lives. "My first thought was there must have been many young people there," explained Raziel, 52, who between...
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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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