Friday, April 29, 2016 Nisan 21, 5776

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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The first time Craig Levine flew solo, he was 16 years old, and had to wait for his mother to pick him up at the airfield since he didn't have his driver's license yet. While he's now legally permitted to operate a motor vehicle down here on terra firma, the 45-year-old Blue Bell resident has never really left the friendly...
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A New Jersey congregation looking to move across the Delaware River to the Bucks County community of Langhorne has encountered some stiff opposition from residents. The reason is a familiar one: Homeowners contend that the new synagogue will increase the traffic volume in their quiet neighborhood. Congregation Brothers of Israel, a 123-year-old Conservative shul in Trenton, N.J., wants to follow...
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Kol Ami's long-standing legal battle with Abington Township may finally be drawing to a close. On Jan. 18, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Stengel heard oral arguments in a dispute that stems back to 1999, when the Reform congregation purchased an 11-acre site in Meadowbrook, hoping to make it its permanent home. In 2001, following a community backlash, the township...
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The saga of cell phones: Suddenly, we can't seem to live without them, though we sure wish that everybody else would stop talking so loudly, so often and for so long on them. With the number of cell-phone subscribers nationwide now approaching 200 million, complaints about their omnipresence in contemporary life have been piling up as well, especially as Americans...
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When Congregation Rodeph Shalom voted earlier this month to close its suburban satellite campus in Elkins Park, one of the questions left up in the air was what would happen to the preschool housed there. The answer, reached shortly after the Jan. 12 vote that authorized the closure, is that it's moving about 1 mile away - to the new...
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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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