Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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If there's any upshot at all to the misunderstanding that grounded a small aircraft last week in Philadelphia -- and that most likely scared the wits out of two Jewish teenagers -- it's that the general public might now know a bit more about tefillin. A 17-year-old Orthodox Jew donned his phylacteries to recite morning prayers during a Jan. 21...
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Numbers in the population study are nothing to clown around about
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It doesn't happen often that a pop-cultural milestone like the 20th anniversary of "The Simpsons" dovetails with the release of a new Jewish demographic survey. But that's exactly what happened when the plot of the Jan. 10 episode revolved around the marriage of a Jew and a Congregationalist, who also happen to be a clown and a princess, respectively. When...
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Talk about being dealt a bad hand: For the second time now, debate over the 2009-10 state budget has led to the postponement of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition's legislative mission to Israel. And this time, as it turns out, the group folded too soon. They actually didn't need to cancel. On Jan. 6, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation legalizing...
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A contingent of Merion-area residents opposed to a plan by St. Joseph's University to turn the grounds of a former private school into collegiate-level athletic fields is worried that the changes could disrupt the Shabbat experience for Orthodox families in the area. The protracted zoning battle over the project shows no signs of being over any time soon. St. Joe's...
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What does the face of the area's Jewish community look like in the first part of the 21st century? For one, it's more wrinkled than it's ever been, with far fewer children in its midst than it had even a decade ago. At the same time, the intermarriage rate has reached 45 percent for Jews under 40, with only 29...
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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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