Four major contenders seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in the House of Representatives are already locked in an intense fundraising battle, together taking in a little more than $1 million this spring.
With the future of federal funding for food stamps uncertain, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is lobbying two local congressmen who recently voted to cut funds for the program to reconsider their stances.
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.