Tuesday, March 3, 2015 AdarI 12, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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As voters in 24 states -- though not Pennsylvania -- prepared to go to the polls on Super Tuesday earlier this week, election fever also gripped the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. The entire student body was affected, from seniors about to cast their first real ballots to middle-schoolers yet to celebrate their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. On Feb. 4,...
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In many respects, Roald Hoffmann, a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry and a Holocaust survivor, could be said to view scientific inquiry through a spiritual lens. At the same time, he's been known to examine religion with a microscopic exactitude. During a recent speech and subsequent interview, the co-author of Old Wine New Flasks: Reflections on Science and Jewish Tradition...
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When Gelt Financial Corporation -- a commercial lender founded by Northeast Philadelphia native Jack Miller -- purchased a small bank in 2006, it did so in the hopes of implementing a specific business model. According to Miller, the plan involved turning the Public Savings Bank -- founded in the 1920s in Willow Groove -- into a virtual bank. The idea...
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Walter I. Hofman first ran for the position of Montgomery County coroner 30 years ago as a Democrat in what was then solid GOP territory. There should be little surprise that he came up short. But in 2007, Hofman -- husband of Jewish Exponent food editor Ethel G. Hofman -- ran again on the Democratic ticket and won. On Jan...
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In what divestment advocates hail as an important first step in an effort to use Pennsylvania's economic leverage against rogue regimes like Iran and Sudan, the Pennsylvania Treasurer's office announced a significant overhaul of its guidelines, as well as its first terror-related divestment action. According to the newly revised investment guidelines, "the unconventional threats that confront companies in terror states...
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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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