Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

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For the foreseeable future, Bonnie and Harris Blackman will have to do their cooking inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer that sits outside their home in Metairie, La., about 25 minutes from downtown New Orleans. But they've got a couple reasons to celebrate; their first floor now actually has walls instead of exposed sheetrock and wooden framing. And finally,...
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As of Monday, some 251 murders have occurred in the City of Brotherly Love, up 16 from the same time last year, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. In terms of percentages, the 2006 homicide rate represents a 25 percent spike from 2004. To address such startingly statistics, District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who's held the office since 1991, fielded...
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Jacob Fischer and Jordan Baum were both hunched over the dirt, intensely examining the ground for hidden artifacts. The excavation had already proved fruitful; the pair of 11-year-olds had uncovered part of an oil lamp, bones (not real ones, Jordan pointed out), shards of pottery and tiles marked with ancient Hebrew script. Other campers had managed to find charcoal from...
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David Freidenreich never would have expected that his research regarding Jewish, Christian and Muslim prohibitions on food and drink would make for a potentially juicy book topic. Nevertheless, Freidenreich will be spending the next year at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, where he'll attempt to turn his doctoral dissertation into not just one book but two...
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Akiba Hebrew Academy is planning to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a series of events set for the upcoming school year. The academy -- a pluralistic middle school and high school in Merion Station -- began in 1946 with 20 students and five teachers at the YM & YWHA on Broad and Pine streets in Center City. It changed venues...
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Profile

Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. 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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