Saturday, August 2, 2014 Av 6, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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A pair of large dogs follow Donna Paul around her modest, two-story home in Elkins Park, keeping her company and offering a sense of comfort as she spends her days looking for a job. Reminders are everywhere that life for her and her three grown children -- they're between the ages of 17 and 24, and all live at home...
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First in an Ongoing Series At the age of 53, Jay Blum is starting over. For 30 years, the father of two grown children sold print ads for publications like Philadelphia Magazine and The Northeast Times. But in December, Blum's most recent employer, The News Gleaner, a community paper that covered the Northeast, shut down. For the first time since...
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The weeks following the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip may seem like a particularly inauspicious time to start up an organization devoted to advancing the cause of peace in the Middle East. However, a group of University of Pennsylvania students -- both Jewish and Arab -- feel that there may be no better time to give...
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While the Philadelphia region was not hit nearly as hard by Bernard Madoff's alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme as other regions -- New York City, say, or Palm Beach, Fla. -- several dozen area individuals, estates and family trusts turned up on a court document, released last week, that painted a fuller picture of those who fell victim to the...
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Participants in an interfaith panel at St. Joseph's University expressed hope that Pope Benedict XVI's recent decision to lift the excommunication of four bishops associated with a breakaway sect -- including one who all but denied the Holocaust -- would not put a long-term strain on Catholic-Jewish relations. Yet each of the speakers also acknowledged that they had great uncertainty...
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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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