Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Every year on the eve of Shavuot -- the spring festival holiday that marks God's giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai -- Jews traditionally gather to study, discuss and analyze a chosen set of religious texts. So in that vein, organizers of a July 3 event at Congregation Mikveh Israel wondered: Why not apply that...
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As Philadelphians prepared to celebrate Independence Day, a short ceremony was held outside Congregation Mikveh Israel in Old City to mark the 30th anniversary of another historic event that occurred on the fourth of July -- Israel's hostage rescue at Entebbe. Considered one of the Israeli military's greatest successes, three planes carrying more than 200 Israeli commandos rescued 101 Israelis...
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For more than six months, State Treasurer Bob Casey has enjoyed a double digit lead in the polls over Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). But the big question has been whether or not that lead would hold once the campaign -- and the slew of television spots -- shifted into high gear, especially since the Republican incumbent holds a 2-to-1 edge...
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No translation of the rapid-fire Hebrew was needed to comprehend that Sagi Arusi -- a gregarious 15-year-old from Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel -- didn't want to talk about the night three years ago, when his family's home caught fire and much of his body was badly burned. Moments earlier, Sagi -- one of 40 kids, including four Israelis, who traveled to...
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Less than three weeks after U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-District 6) shared the stage with Daniel Ayalon, Israel's Ambassador to the United States, another GOP Congress member - albeit a slightly bigger fish that Democrats would like nothing better than to fry in November - appeared on June 19 at the Haverford School with another well-known Israeli politician. Sen. Rick...
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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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