Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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A Chester County Reform congregation that has multiplied from 12 to 150 families in a little more than a decade, has worshiped in a bunch of different places: congregants' private homes, on the grounds of West Chester University, even in a historic barn owned by a Lutheran Church, carting prayerbooks and Torah scrolls from place to place. Now, nearly two...
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Joshua Neuman, editor and publisher of Heeb: The New Jew Review, said that many readers treat the magazine - an irreverent quarterly that on its last cover featured a woman sniffing Gold's Prepared Horse Radish as if it were cocaine - as a "sacred Jewish text." Sporting a green T-shirt, jeans and a corduroy hat, the 33-year-old Neuman addressed how...
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The second-floor balcony of the historic General Wayne Inn appears unsteady. And the porch below - blocked off by chain-link fence and yellow police tape - looks as if it had buckled in the wake of some natural disaster. The Merion Station building that first opened in 1704 is suffering from age and neglect; the property has been vacant since...
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Bryan schwartzman Jewish Exponent Staff Nearly 30 years ago Steve Dickstein, then a lawyer just getting his career going in Center City, needed to a find a place to say Kaddish each day for his father. He headed down to Congregation B'nai Abraham on Lombard Street, which he recalled visiting with his grandfather when he was child, and found a...
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Sitting outside at a crowded West Philadelphia cafe and taking sips from an iced coffee as trolley cars intermittently clattered by along Baltimore Avenue, student Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann could barely contain her enthusiasm for her adopted neighborhood - and its newest synagogue. "It feels like a city, and you don't have to get in your car to go everywhere...
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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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