Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Throughout his naval career, Uriah P. Levy faced six court-marshals for verbal and physical flare-ups with fellow officers resulting from anti-Semitic insults. At one point, he was even stripped of his Naval commission. But now the name of Levy - who was born in Philadelphia in 1792, and became the first Jew to achieve the rank of commodore - has...
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Several months ago, 90-year-old David Cohen - who had served in the Philadelphia City Council for a total of 38 years - confided to his eldest son that he might just be ready to hang up his political hat, sort of. "He said that he might not seek re-election in 2007. When I asked what he wanted to do, he...
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Ernestine Bradley, wife of former presidential candidate and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bill Bradley, arrived in the United States from her native Germany as a 21-year-old in 1956, hoping to live life on her own terms, and taste the promise of America. But on an unconscious level, Bradley - who is not Jewish, and is a native of the town...
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Jonathan Steinberg, chairman of the history department at the University of Pennsylvania, said that George W. Bush is, in a sense, dead. Of course, the president is alive and well in Washington. And Steinberg was not suggesting that he's a lame-duck president. What the scholar meant was that the hard-drinking scion of an aristocratic New England family - who attended...
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A postmodernist montage of mangled forks and spoons adorns the shelf of 26-year-old Adam Elbaum's new penthouse condo overlooking Center City. The magician quickly points out that while he can bend metal silverware out of shape, he can't quite get them back to usual form. "Theoretically, you can make it bend the other way, but it's not like you can...
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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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