Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Tammuz 20, 5776

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Sitting in Moish & Itsy's Deli-Restaurant in Newtown back in the spring, Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov, originally of Bucks County, was having a hard time explaining to her parents, Steve and Andrea Losben, the concept of Silly Bandz. (For the record, they are the thin, colorful rubber bracelets that take a variety of shapes and have become popular among elementary-school kids.)...
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As the national focus intensifies on the Pennsylvania Senate race -- a polarizing and bare-knuckle contest that many are calling a bellwether for the national mood -- several groups are continuing to hammer U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic hopeful, over his record on Israel. For his part, Sestak has ceaselessly pressed his case in local Jewish circles. More than...
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Theodore S. Halpern, better known to many as "Uncle Ted," believed that nothing built a young person's character quite like summer camp. Halpern and other family members owned and operated three camps in the Poconos, including Pine Forest, which draws a mostly Jewish clientele. The 83-year-old Lafayette Hill resident died on July 18. Halpern's father-in-law, Hughie Black, a professional basketball...
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Passing on the reins of a key community-building program
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The Kehillot, the seven community-building entities throughout the region that stage Jewish festivals, adult learning sessions, soccer leagues, children's storytelling and Israeli Independence Day events, is about to come under new management. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, which created and for years ran the network, is turning over the program to the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education/ Jewish...
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What do a Chabad rabbi from Delaware, the director of congregational learning at a Conservative shul in Baltimore and the education director of a Reform synagogue in Abington have in common? They're all full-time Jewish communal professionals working toward doctorates in Jewish education at Gratz College in Melrose Park. The program, now entering its fourth year, has 15 students, who...
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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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