Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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It's pretty standard for synagogues to require a ticket for entry into High Holiday services. But whoever heard of needing tickets for a seat in the sanctuary on a Shabbat morning in mid-August -- up in the Poconos, no less? But things have always operated in a "counterseasonal" manner at Congregation B'nai Harim, a 13-year-old Reform synagogue situated at 1,800...
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She didn't know how her friends and colleagues would react to the news. So for several days after Israel launched its incursion into Gaza last winter, Margalit Ziv -- an Israeli Jew who heads the early-childhood department at Al-Qasemi Academy near Netanya, a women's college where Arabs comprise the majority of the faculty and virtually all of the students --...
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Sipping on a glass of red wine and working the room at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott in Center City, 37-year-old David Litvak introduced himself as the Jewish lawmaker from Utah. Indeed, the Democratic minority whip happens to be the only Jewish member of the Utah House of Representatives; needless to say, he's the only rep who keeps kosher. Litvak was...
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A fringe, Kansas-based church that routinely stages demonstrations across the country is planning to protest outside a number of synagogues, Jewish institutions and events in Center City this weekend. The Westboro Baptist Church -- led by Fred Phelps -- has been labeled a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League for its statements regarding gays, Jews and blacks. Westboro's members --...
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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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