Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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In 1985, when the ordination of the first woman rabbi by the Conservative movement coincided with the Bat Mitzvah of Fredi Cooper's eldest daughter, the Wyndmoor resident believed it was a sign. One of her daughters was going to become a rabbi. In fact, it was Cooper who, at age 46 -- following a career in educational psychology -- entered...
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The alarm sounded in the middle of the night. And like all members of the Union Fire Association in Bala Cynwyd, volunteer firefighter Yossi Colman, all of 18, got an emergency call on his radio. Even though the incident happened on Shabbat, the teen recalled leaping out of bed, heading for the firehouse and arriving at the smoky scene within...
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With the Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia slated to close -- possibly as early as June 30 -- Jewish communal officials are working to ensure that the needs of a frail, low-income population will continue to be met. The center currently services approximately 450 individuals who depend on the facility for a wide range of services, including a place...
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Birthland Bar Mitzvah sounds like it could be a tour company specializing in trips to Israel -- or perhaps somewhere in Eastern Europe. As it turns out, it's a new company co-founded by a Philadelphia rabbi that seeks to organize Bar and Bat Mitzvah trips to Guatemala, of all places. Admittedly, the overwhelmingly Catholic Central American nation with a tiny...
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A Montgomery County couple met last week with the parents of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was captured in a 2006 cross-border raid and has been held in Gaza by Hamas ever since. While in Jerusalem, Bernard and Lana Dishler of Upper Gwynedd stopped by the tent the Shalit family has set up outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's...
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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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