Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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A 20-year-old recovering addict from Langhorne hopes her efforts to start a Jewish support group in Bucks County will help others like her find the faith they need to reclaim their lives.
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Part revival meeting, part pro-Israel rally, an event hosted by the Texas-based Christians United for Israel at a Bucks County church encouraged evangelical followers to make Israel support an outgrowth of their faith.
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The Pew Research Center asked questions about intermarriage, attachment to Jewish community, raising children and attitudes toward Israel similar to those posed in the most recent regional study, but found more alarming results.
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Analysts, academics and activists here in Philly weigh in on what the recent diplomatic efforts could mean.
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Despite the state’s announced intent to shut down Solomon Charter School, the publicly funded cyber school in Philadelphia’s Chinatown section actually expanded in its second academic year. The school still teaches Chinese and Hebrew and offers kosher food, even though no Jewish students have enrolled.
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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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