Saturday, July 30, 2016 Tammuz 24, 5776

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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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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Not a synagogue member? Don't have High Holiday tickets? Don't feel like shelling out money for admittance to services? Truth be told, free options locally for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are not very plentiful. But they're out there if you know where to look. In addition to the region's Chabad Lubavitch houses -- which request, but don't require, 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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How to best fund the many needs overseas
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When it comes to dollars designated for the Jewish state, is it more important to fund a soup kitchen or send more college students on a Birthright Israel experience? While it might not be an either/or proposition, these issues lie at the heart of an ongoing debate, especially as funds for Israel continue to decline. Now that Israel is considered...
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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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