Saturday, August 1, 2015 Av 16, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Helene Z. Tigay is preparing to step down as executive director of the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education after 20 years with the organization, 18 of them spent in her current post. While the lifelong educator said that she isn't exactly leaving a "To Do" list behind for her successor, she acknowledged that there's still plenty left to do...
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Newsweek named Germantown Jewish Centre one of the 25 most vibrant synagogues in the nation, describing it as a "model for pluralistic and egalitarian worship and community." The list (at www.newsweek.com ) was compiled by Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment; Gary Ginsberg, executive vice president of News Corporation; and Jay Sanderson, CEO of Jewish Television Network...
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No longer able to draw a minyan on Shabbat -- let alone on weekdays -- Young Israel of Oxford Circle, founded 53 years ago, has decided to close its doors for good, making it the latest Northeast Philadelphia synagogue to fall victim to changing demographics and a worsening economic picture. "Fifty years ago, people never thought that the neighborhood would...
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While perhaps not as famous as "Why is this night different from all other nights?" the phrase, "Let all who are hungry, come and eat," is certainly one of the more familiar quotations from the Haggadah. And while there are varying interpretations of this concept, the notion of welcoming a stranger to the seder table is a central theme of...
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Coming to a shul near you -- "Jihad Unveiled." The title doesn't refer to the latest cinematic spy thriller or to a secret government report that's just come to light. Instead, "Jihad Unveiled" is a regional, ongoing film-and-lecture series put together by the Zionist Organization of America's Greater Philadelphia District. As opposed to cultural programming, ZOA is best known for...
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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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