Saturday, July 12, 2014 Tammuz 14, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Twenty years ago, Larry Ceisler challenged State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-District 182) in a primary. He lost, joining a long list of Democrats who tried over the years to unseat the Center City lawmaker. Though Ceisler, a well-known political and communications strategist had once been an opponent of Josephs, he grew to appreciate her style of politics. He described her...
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On a recent weekday morning, Eileen Sklaroff rolled her shopping cart through a well-stocked produce section at an enormous local supermarket. Despite the plentiful selections, her options were limited by her meager budget. The bag of potatoes Sklaroff held cost more than $4 -- too much. Then she looked closer and realized that the item was certified organic. Fortunately, she...
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As a native of Argentina and a lifelong Zionist, Daniel Kutner had spent most of his life being pessimistic about Judaism's long-term prospects for survival in the Diaspora. But after four years serving as Israel's consul general in Philadelphia, along with a previous stint in Manhattan, the 57-year-old diplomat has come to appreciate the vitality of Jewish life here --...
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When Haley Simon entered sixth grade last year, she started school with the confidence to wear hair extensions and to be herself -- quirks and all. But in the world of middle school, she soon discovered, the consequences of seeming just a bit different proved to be severe. The bullying began on school grounds, with students hurling insults at her...
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Almost four years to the day after the national lobbying organization J Street was founded, it's once again at the center of a local brouhaha -- revisiting the question of who is permitted inside the pro-Israel tent and who's out in the cold. At issue was a private meeting held earlier this week at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Center...
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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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