Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Kislev 6, 5777

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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On June 30, Robert J. Reinstein, the first Jewish dean in the 113-year history of Temple University's law school, officially stepped down from the post that he's held for 19 years. In addition, he also relinquished his title as Temple's vice president for international programs, though he has no immediate plans of retiring. Instead, the 63-year-old resident of Chestnut Hill...
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A family awaits his imminent departure
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In an understated manner, Matt and Andi Williams -- a couple who clearly don't like to draw too much attention to themselves -- described the range of emotions they're experiencing as Matt, a civil engineer with the U.S. Navy, prepares to ship out to Iraq to assist with ongoing reconstruction efforts. Early next month, Lt. Williams is expected to leave...
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The more than yearlong legislative effort to force state pension funds to divest from international firms doing business in Iran and Sudan may have cleared a major hurdle in Harrisburg, but more obstacles stand in the way to the finish line. On June 25, in a 185-15 vote, the House passed what's known as the Protecting Pennsylvania's Investments Act. Over...
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For the Orthodox, it's more complex than it sounds
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Still a bit groggy from her nap, 5-year-old Shulamit Vered Levintov was all dressed for her lesson, sporting a bathing cap, swimsuit and flotation device; the only problem was she seemed to have no interest in getting into the pool. She'd taken a few steps down the pool ladder, but remained half in and half out for an agonizingly long...
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State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-District 12), a conservative Butler County lawmaker, managed to cause an uproar in the capital last month when he opposed a routine House resolution -- the kind that usually passes unanimously -- meant to recognize the national gathering of a little-known Muslim group. The grounds for Metcalfe's opposition? He said on the House floor that he...
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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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