Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Former refusenik Yosef Begun still keeps a series of black-and-white sketches of Moses, and other biblical figures and scenes, that an inmate in a Soviet prison had drawn for him more than 30 years ago. Begun, who was arrested in the late 1970s for promoting Jewish education and identity to a Russian Jewish populace that had lost many of its...
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By receiving the approval of the Lower Merion Township Zoning Board, Stern Hebrew High School has cleared perhaps the last major hurdle in its effort to relocate from its current facility in Northeast Philadelphia to a 4-acre campus on the Main Line. If all goes according to plan, the institution will take over the building formerly occupied by Akiba Hebrew...
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Two months after accepting an endorsement from J Street's political action committee, a local Democratic congressional candidate is disassociating himself from the upstart lobbying group. Doug Pike -- a former editorial writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer who is now seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-District 6) -- asked J Street officials this week to remove him from its...
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After prepping for Passover by preparing matzah-ball soup, kugel and everything in between, Shelley Chamberlain of Cheltenham is more than happy to sit back for a catered second seder at her synagogue. Growing up in a Reform home in Pittsburgh, the now 52-year-old said that her family almost never took part in two seders: One was considered enough. After all,...
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While the race for the Democratic nomination for governor hasn't exactly hit the intensity of March Madness, this contest has also come down to the final four. Most observers agree that, of the remaining contenders, the two candidates from Pittsburgh -- Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato and Auditor General Jack Wagner -- are the top seeds. But both State Sen...
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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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