Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Like the ancient Athenians during the golden age of early democracy, Harris Sokoloff, an associate professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania, places great faith in the power of dialogue and collective decision-making. "When people get together and you provide them with the opportunity to talk through something in a structured way, the result that emerges is often wiser...
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Jewish communal agencies in the Philadelphia area received a total of roughly $60 million this past year in state funds, according to officials at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. So, as the political wrangling over this year's budget gets under way -- a process expected to take months -- communal leaders and professionals are keeping an eye on Harrisburg,...
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It looks as if the mayoral campaign won't be all wrapped up after May 15, the date of the hotly contested Democratic primary. That's because a Republican, 53-year-old Al Taubenberger, has entered the race. But it remains to be seen whether come November, the GOP hopeful can pose any kind of serious challenge to the Democratic nominee. Taubenberger's facing real...
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Like it or not, the United States is embroiled in the Middle East. But according to conventional wisdom, American involvement in the region began shortly after World War II, and American foreign policy coalesced with the onset of the Cold War and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Fueling these developments was the decline of French and English influence in the area, as...
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The roughly 200 or so people who'd gathered in the social hall at Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, N.J., couldn't help but chuckle as the DVD clip from the pre-VCR-era show "All in the Family" played on a giant projection screen. The scene that elicited hearty laughs was taken from a 1972 episode of the landmark series created by...
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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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