Monday, September 26, 2016 Elul 23, 5776

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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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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The Center City offices of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Council on American-Islamic Relations may be separated by just a few blocks, but their interpretations of a new series of books on Islam couldn't be farther apart. CAIR-Pennsylvania is calling on schools and libraries nationwide to return the books, which are geared for middle and high school students...
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A scholar of Eastern religions, specifically Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism, might seem out of place at an academic conference focusing on the Holocaust and the Protestant and Catholic churches. But for Kunihiko Terasawa, an adjunct professor of philosophy and theology at St. Joseph's University, his interest makes perfect sense. In the wake of the Shoah, many Christian scholars -- such...
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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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