Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Despite the recent challenge of the summer war between Israel and Hamas, the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom has continued to build bonds and promote dialog between Jewish and Muslim women across the country, and recently held its first national conference in Philadelphia.
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The issue of repentance resonates far beyond the High Holidays and Judaism.
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Making amends is a year-round pursuit in Judaism — and Islam and Christianity as well.
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A local writer finds comparisons between the latest Batman films and the current Gaza conflict.
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In the Shavuot "season of conversion," longtime area rabbis reflect on how communal attitudes regarding converts has shifted dramatically over the past few decades.
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In a newly published memoir, the Elkins Park native and two fellow American hikers held in Iranian custody for more than a year share their experiences in captivity.
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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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