Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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In separate appearances at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Center City, mayoral hopefuls Democrat Michael Nutter, the overwhelming favorite, and Republican Al Taubenberger, the heavy underdog, offered strikingly similar diagnoses of the problems facing Philadelphia, along with some remedies for the future. Both men highlighted violent crime, public education and economic development as the three biggest issues facing the next city...
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During Anthony Lewis' tenure as a columnist for The New York Times (1969 to 2001), he visited Israel on a yearly basis to gather material for writings on the Jewish state and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Especially during the tumultuous 1990s -- which saw the signing and later unraveling of the Oslo accords, along with the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin --...
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Back in the 1980s and '90s, when Rabbi Lance Sussman was researching the life of 19th-century Jewish leader Isaac Leeser, he would shuttle back and forth between institutes in Cincinnati and Philadelphia, the repositories where the bulk of Leeser's papers were stored. The rabbi kept his notes on thousands of index cards and stored his work on numerous floppy disks...
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A crowd of supporters, a contingent of protesters and the ubiquitous curious onlooker swarmed around leading GOP contender Rudy Giuliani and his wife, Judith, as they arrived in South Philadelphia, then made their way through the crowd and up to the counter at Geno's Steaks. Giuliani reportedly ordered a "Whiz wit," a steak served with Cheese Whiz and onion fries...
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As conservative thinker Norman Podhoretz vociferously defended the Bush Doctrine, in addition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some members of the Center City audience he was addressing shook their heads, laughed or even heckled the man. When he then went on to advocate a pre-emptive strike against Iran to thwart the regime's nuclear capabilities, one woman called out,...
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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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