Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Staff Writer
When it comes to enrollment and finances, day schools face an ongoing battle
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Over the past year, six day schools across the country were forced to close their doors, battered by the economic downturn that overtook the country beginning last September. But as the new academic year gets under way, enrollment in the Philadelphia area's six Jewish day schools has remained virtually unchanged from last year, with an expected total of 1,769 students...
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A group of local rabbis is calling on Jews to observe a fast day in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. The group, part of a coalition of 60 rabbis around the country called Ta'anit Tzedek: Jewish Fast for Gaza, is advocating that Israel lift its three-year-old economic blockade, which it claims has resulted in "collective punishment" for Gaza's civilians due...
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Synagogues realize they must come up with creative ways to bring in families
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Like many young couples, Brian and Rachel Saks put off synagogue membership for years, despite their attachment to Judaism. They just had too many bills, including graduate-school loans and the mortgage on their Bucks County home, to start thinking about how to finagle membership dues. But two years ago, when they enrolled their daughter Samantha in preschool at Ohev Shalom...
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Miriam Moody is working on her pronunciation of the consonant-laden word "Dnepropetrovsk" -- the name of Ukraine's third-largest city. Moody, who graduated in May from the University of Rochester and grew up in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, has reason to bone up on her Russian. Next week, the 22-year-old is set to leave for a year in the...
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Closing of local office sparks rethinking of URJ's links with congregations
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Two months after the Union for Reform Judaism closed its Philadelphia office -- along with 13 others across the country -- it's still far from clear what long-term impact the move will have on the region's congregations. "This is the beginning of a process and only time will tell how valid it is," said Rabbi Richard Address, who ran the...
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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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