Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Staff Writer
The fight over Ardmore's future continues
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The U.S. Supreme Court is generally viewed as the final arbiter of disputes in the country. But the debate over whether municipalities such as Lower Merion Township can transfer property from one owner to another in the hopes of revitalizing a neighborhood and increasing its tax base - an issue the court ruled on just last month - is far...
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Clank. The aluminum bat made sharp contact with the leather-covered softball, thrown so slowly that it seemed to momentarily hang in the summer air before being driven toward the dirt. The hitter's teammates could tell by the high-pitched sound that he didn't get all of it. So 71-year-old Jim Brody tossed the bat aside and made his best effort at...
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In the past, contacting the Jewish Agency for Israel - a quasi-governmental Israeli institution with branches worldwide - suggested a desire for a one-way ticket to Israel, and to trade one home country for another. While JAFI has far from given up on its original goals, its American arm is now reformulating its mission in broader terms. Fostering Jewish identity...
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For the second year in a row, the Jewish Community Hebrew High School of Gratz College is adding a branch in Bucks County. Gratz offers supplementary Jewish education to students between grades eight to 12, in 13 locations spread across the Delaware Valley. Congregation Tiferes B'nai Israel in Warrington, a Reconstructionist synagogue, is the newest addition to Gratz's list of...
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For the first time in years, Philip Goldsmith is taking it easy. The 60-year-old, who on April 1 (no fooling!) stepped down after 26 months as the city's managing director, and was dubbed "Mr. Fixit" in a Philadelphia Inquirer editorial, is spending time trying to shed "20 pounds of stress" and catching up on missed time with his three grandchildren...
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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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