Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Iyyar 17, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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In 1903, and again in 1905, a succession of pogroms swept the Moldovan city of Kishinev - then part of the Russian empire - claiming hundreds of lives, prompting the outrage of Jews everywhere and compelling the Hebrew poet H.N. Bialik to pen the chillingly descriptive "In the City of Slaughter." Those pogroms in particular, and the precarious position of...
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The Iranian government's acquisition of nuclear weapons is far from a forgone conclusion, according to Daniel Ayalon, Israel's ambassador to the United States. "Iran can be stopped, by political means or other means," he said during a May 30 townhall-style meeting at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore. The event was organized by U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-District 6), who...
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Steven Dinero decided that 11 p.m. is as good a time as any to light Shabbat candles on Friday night - at least, when he's up in Arctic Village, Alaska. After all, during the summer months, the sun never really sets in this town of 160 people, situated more than 700 miles north of Anchorage, well inside the Arctic Circle...
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William Lashner had always dreamed of a life in which he didn't have to go to an office every day, and could simply spend his time writing and telling stories. Now, after making a few proverbial leaps of faith, the 48-year-old Abington native and father of three is living that life; he's published six novels, including the forthcoming Marked Man,...
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An insurgency within the statewide Republican Party resulted in stunning defeats for two of Pennsylvania's most powerful lawmakers, Senate Pro Tempore Robert Jubelirer (R-District 30) and Senate Majority Leader David Brightbill (R-District 48). The two men had served in office a combined 56 years. Before last week's landmark primary results, a Senate leader hadn't lost a challenge from within his...
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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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