Sunday, October 26, 2014 Heshvan 2, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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We're used to the quirks of the Hebrew calendar, which is based on lunar cycles. But this year features the earliest Rosh Hashanah since 1899.
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Thousands of Jews took part in the March on Washington 50 years ago, including a number from Philadelphia.
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Human rights activist Hawa Salih of Darfur has found a new home in Philadelphia with Rabbi Mordechai Liebling and his wife.
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Thirty years after she last taught in Philadelphia, Judy Groner returns next fall to lead the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School.
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Amid increasing challenges to keep teenagers engaged in Jewish education post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah, efforts are under way to get synagogues and Gratz College's high school program to join forces.
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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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