Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Staff Writer
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A postmodernist montage of mangled forks and spoons adorns the shelf of 26-year-old Adam Elbaum's new penthouse condo overlooking Center City. The magician quickly points out that while he can bend metal silverware out of shape, he can't quite get them back to usual form. "Theoretically, you can make it bend the other way, but it's not like you can...
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Most architecture students know the ins and outs of the latest design software, but 69-year-old Robert M. Skaler - who learned the craft under the tutelage of maverick Philadelphia architect Louis Kahn more than 40 years ago - claims ignorance when it comes to using a computer to sketch a structure. Sitting in his Cheltenham home that serves as a...
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Before beginning seventh grade, 12-year-old Franckie Echeverria made the usual school-supply rounds with her parents, shopping for a new backpack, binder, pens, pencils and whatever else they thought might make her well-prepared for the first day of school. Less than a month later, they went through the ritual again, only this time the back-to-school items weren't for Franckie, but for...
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A Chester County Reform congregation that has multiplied from 12 to 150 families in a little more than a decade, has worshiped in a bunch of different places: congregants' private homes, on the grounds of West Chester University, even in a historic barn owned by a Lutheran Church, carting prayerbooks and Torah scrolls from place to place. Now, nearly two...
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Joshua Neuman, editor and publisher of Heeb: The New Jew Review, said that many readers treat the magazine - an irreverent quarterly that on its last cover featured a woman sniffing Gold's Prepared Horse Radish as if it were cocaine - as a "sacred Jewish text." Sporting a green T-shirt, jeans and a corduroy hat, the 33-year-old Neuman addressed how...
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Profile

Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. 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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