Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Penn Valley native Jeremy Stadlin, who often goes by his Hebrew name Pesach, is crisscrossing the country in a school bus that's fueled by vegetable oil, but he's not exactly vegging out. The 31-year-old, along with four other staff members of the Teva Learning Center -- a New York-based organization devoted to Jewish environmental education -- is hoping their tour...
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Philadelphia City Council passed legislation last week that would prohibit the city from accepting a bid, or holding investments in, foreign-owned firms that do business with Iran or Sudan. Its primary sponsor, Democratic Councilman James Kenney, insisted that the bill is not just a symbolic victory, but will hurt both countries in the pocketbook as well. He did acknowledge that...
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Do Conservative Jews need a new, perhaps even jazzier way to pray? Rabbi Steven Wernick, executive vice president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, apparently thinks so. During his much-anticipated installation speech at the USCJ's biennial gathering, which concluded earlier this week in Cherry Hill, N.J., he called for the immediate creation of a movement-wide task force to tackle...
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Jeff Penfil, a Chester County dentist, readily admits that some may find it a little hokey that he likes to affix a giant menorah to the roof of his Subaru SUV -- and leave it there for the eight days and nights of Chanukah. As it turns out, the West Goshen resident doesn't have to go far to elicit some...
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Rabbi Joshua Toledano, a scion of a rabbinic family that traces its roots back to Spain before the Inquisition, spent more than 30 years in the Philadelphia region in a variety of roles, including kosher supervisor and congregational rabbi. A major voice in the Sephardic community, the Moroccan-born Toledano -- who spoke seven languages, according to family members -- taught...
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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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