Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Tammuz 21, 5776

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
Led by Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, Philadelphia's Chabad movement has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few decades. How have they done it?
The Raab Collection, a Philadelphia-based dealer of historic documents, has put up for sale a letter written during the Six-Day War by Robert F. Kennedy, in which he reiterated his support for Israel.
The debate over who can pray where at the Kotel is especially salient for Americans who travel to Israel for simchas or synagogue tours.
A little more than a month after being named acting regional director of the American Jewish Committee, Marcia Bronstein, a lifelong Jewish communal professional, can officially remove “acting” from her job title.
For the first time, the Elkins Park community sent a delegation to the Orthodox Union’s Home and Job Relocation Fair in New York.


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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