Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

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The sun rose over Mount Sinai, illuminating the other-worldly landscape and imbuing the unusually thin parchment with a translucent glow. Reciting the Ten Commandments on the spot in Egypt that represents perhaps the best guess of where God, according to tradition, revealed the law to Moses amounted to a sort of homecoming for a 200-year-old Torah scroll, recalled Rabbi Marcia...
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The Jewish community came out in full force to help Sandee Kline find a matching bone-marrow donor. In April, more than 300 people were tested during a bone-marrow drive at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, where Kline's husband, Mitch, heads the physical-education department. At least half-a-dozen synagogues informed their members about the effort, and some people received the kits...
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U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) may be one of the so-called "Young Guns" -- a trio of House members some consider the future of the Republican Party -- but in one key respect, the 47-year-old stands alone.
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Israel may just be the only issue that Republican Pat Meehan and Democrat Bryan Lentz aren't clashing over in their race to become the newest congressman from Delaware County. But not to worry: Two nationally prominent Jewish House members recently visited the area to drum up Jewish support for the two contenders, and as a result, made the Mideast argument...
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On a recent summer day, Rabbi Shloime Isaacson received an urgent call: A 98-year-woman was having difficulty breathing. Isaacson was on his way to a meeting with a potential donor for a summer-camp program connected with his Northeast Philadelphia Orthodox shul, but he quickly took a detour. He was only about a mile from the woman's home, so he sped...
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Profile

Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. 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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