Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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A few minutes before gathering for morning prayers at the new Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Merion Station last week, a group of boys clustered near the gymnasium's half-court line, taking turns hurling a basketball toward the distant hoop. A few shots even touched the rim, although none went in. Dalia Kirzner, a sophomore on the girls basketball squad, marveled...
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At least once every election cycle, it seems, there's a flap surrounding a Jewish institution's decision to host or not host a political candidate or group -- invariably stoking partisan passions and raising questions about the role synagogues can or should play in politics. So far in 2010, two such incidents have made waves. Lower Merion Synagogue just canceled a...
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For more than 70 years, the Jewish Labor Committee has had a presence in Philadelphia. But there's a real chance that the local office could close up shop before Labor Day of next year, according to the organization's leaders. While a number of long-term factors have contributed to the JLC's struggles -- chief among them the steady decline of the...
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While in the midst of a campaign two years ago, State Sen. Kim Ward, a freshman Republican lawmaker from Westmoreland County in southwest Pennsylvania, received some startling news from her dying father. Ward said that her father, Roger Renko, though hooked up to a ventilator and unable to speak, scrawled on a piece of paper that his paternal grandparents had...
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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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