Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Jamie Levy happens to be the only Jewish player on Shippensburg University's field hockey squad. But next week she'll be surrounded by lots of Jews when the midfielder from Bala Cynwyd is set to compete for the United States at the European Maccabi Games in Vienna, Austria. The 20-year-old from the central Pennsylvania college said that she's looking forward to...
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Valerie Khmelnitsky has lived in the United States for 20 years, but her social circle is still comprised almost entirely of other Jews born in the former Soviet Union.
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The West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd is set to officially, and belatedly, open its Jewish section later this month, making it the newest Jewish burial space in the area. But it remains to be seen whether a newcomer -- a private company running a historic cemetery with Quaker roots -- can make inroads in a Jewish community that...
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Israeli Grads of RRC Hope to Take Ideas Back Home
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Is it more difficult to find work as a Reconstructionist rabbi in Israel than the United States? Sitting in a Mount Airy cafe, just days away from graduation, 32-year-old Ela Merom pauses in disbelief. Then, for good measure, she rolls her eyes a bit. "Of course," she answers at last. While the movement founded in the 1960s by the disciples...
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The Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia may be slated to close, but that's not stopping a group calling itself Save Our Stiffel from trying to raise enough money to keep the place open. "Everybody thinks it's a done deal," lamented Laurel Katz, the South Philadelphia resident organizing the group of about 30 volunteers and supporters of the center. But...
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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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