Sunday, March 1, 2015 AdarI 10, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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A former lay leader of the Vaad: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia is working on a part-time, interim basis to help restart the organization that essentially shut down this summer after the previous executive director, Rabbi David Gutterman, left his position there. Rabbi Robert Layman took up the post last month of interim executive director, at the offices...
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Roughly 300 people demonstrated Dec. 30 outside the Center City building that houses the Consul General of Philadelphia, waving Palestinian flags, carrying signs such as "Zionism is Terrorism," and chanting "free, free Palestine" and "end the occupation now." The rally followed a smaller one a day earlier meant to protest Israel's military strikes in Gaza. A group known as the...
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Israeli criminologist Anat Berko, a slightly built mother of three who favors putting her knee-length hair into a ponytail, readily compares herself to the fictional character Clarice Starling, the FBI agent who memorably came face to face with sociopathic evil in the form of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. (Jodie Foster won an Oscar for portraying Starling in the film version of...
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Like most nonprofit groups, the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry is having to do more with less in a cloudy economic climate that's showing few signs of getting sunnier. But NACOEJ is hopeful that its annual Chanukah campaign can help boost its after-school program in Israel and provide many Ethiopian-Israeli students with textbooks. The conference's "8th Night of Chanukah"...
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With the economic news so dour, folks rethink the holiday
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Over the past few years, Marsha Weinraub and Stuart Schmidt's holiday trip to New York City has become a family tradition. Around Chanukah time, the Philadelphia couple has enjoyed a few nights in the Big Apple with their two sons, now 16 and 21. That means a hotel room for three or four nights, Broadway shows, meals out and souvenirs...
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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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