Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Tammuz 13, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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With the sheer amount of work that can be involved in hosting a Passover seder, Joan Hersch might have been eager to hand over the responsibility. But she wasn’t.
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The founder of a state-fund­ed charter school in Philadelphia that teaches Hebrew, keeps kosh­­er and closes early on Fridays has vowed to fight state efforts to shut down the institution.
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Local experts in Catholic-Jewish relations mostly are in wait-and-see mode as the new pope takes over.
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Students today may not think they're confronting anti-Semitism, but scratch the surface and what you find might surprise you. How are they coping?
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Five elected ­officials from Pennsylvania took part in a March 2-9 mission to the Jewish state.
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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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