Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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Pennsylvanians who spend their summers at the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation's camp will soon have a much shorter distance to travel. Camp JRF, as it is known, will relocate from its present location in Illinois to South Sterling, Pa., located in Wayne County in the Poconos. Just last month at its board of directors meeting, the organization signed a contract to...
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Hoping, quite literally, for some kind of miracle, Jeff Landsman slipped a desperately scrawled note into a crevice in the Western Wall. On his first visit to Israel five years ago, the married father of two teenagers asked God for the strength to come out to the world as a gay man. "Everything I knew was unraveling faster than I...
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When 20-year-old Jillian Kahn returned glowing from a Birthright Israel trip in January, she had no idea that come summer, her connection with the Jews of Argentina would feel as powerful as her bond with her co-religionists in Israel. But Kahn - who attends the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona, and whose family belongs to Shir Ami-Bucks...
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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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