Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Ominous wasn't a strong enough adjective to describe the black cloud that had parked itself above Citizens Bank Park, followed by the kind of breeze that tells you something powerful is at hand. Perhaps at the Philadelphia Phillies Jewish Heritage Night, biblical was the only descriptive that would fit. As the Phillies took the field for the start of the...
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Will a Palestinian unilateral declaration of independence at the United Nations -- perhaps coupled with mass demonstrations in the Middle East and even more violence on the ground -- spark anti-Israel activism on college campuses locally and nationally? While no one knows quite what to expect, either on the world stage or on campuses, student activists and professional advocates have...
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The 2011 Philadelphia JCC Maccabi Games had just gotten under way Monday morning, but Harry Cohen, a 14-year-old baseball player from northern New Jersey had already been knocked out of competition. The art competition, that is. The wet weather had put a damper on the baseball tournament, delaying the start by a day. Rather than racing out to the field...
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At first, Hannah Kearney had trouble wrapping her mind around the fact that she was in Israel, especially since she'd spent so much of her time inside a dance studio. But eventually she did take in her surroundings -- the bucolic northernmost portion of the Galilee -- and became as enamored with the scenery as she was with her Israeli...
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It was just a few days before Tisha B'Av, the traditional fast day that commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other Jewish tragedies. Rabbi Jeff Sultar told a group of seniors who are adjusting to the recent closing of the Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia that the occasion is also about...
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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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