Friday, December 9, 2016 Kislev 9, 5777

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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.
The 27-acre Mandell Education Campus has been considered a linchpin of the Old York Road corridor Jewish community since 1985. But the population has declined and some have expressed concerns about what might happen to the property.
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.
A group of individuals, along with Chabad Rabbi Menachem Schmidt, has selected a site to build a mikvah in Center City, commissioned architectural plans and already raised $180,000.
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.


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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