Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Sivan 15, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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A faculty strike that shut down the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr this week is threatening to turn into a protracted and bitter standoff. On Monday morning -- the first day teachers took to the picket line instead of the classroom -- faculty members said they would rather be teaching than at the edge of the school's...
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While it's pretty hard to miss Beth Sholom Congregation's striking edifice as you drive past it on Old York Road in Elkins Park, it hasn't always been that easy to tour the inside of the only synagogue ever designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Up until now, taking a tour meant calling ahead and making an appointment. But that's...
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Organizers of an Oct. 28 Center City networking event for Jewish and African-American young professionals fretted over whether anyone would show up; the start time was just hours before the first pitch of the World Series. In the end, more than 200 people packed into Restaurant 13 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, swapping business cards and sipping drinks. The hobnobbing...
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As the Obama administration awaited an official response from Iran as to whether it would abide by a draft plan concerning uranium enrichment, two Pennsylvania lawmakers highlighted efforts on Capitol Hill and in Harrisburg to enact deeper sanctions against the Iranian regime. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-District 153) touted those efforts during an Oct...
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A controversial Dutch lawmaker and fierce critic of Islam received an overwhelming positive response from a largely Jewish audience in Center City, just days after several dozen students protested outside Temple University, the parliamentarian's first local stop. Both events took place under tight security. Geert Wilders, the leader of the Netherlands Freedom Party, has angered Muslims by claiming that terrorism...
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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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