Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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In an era where congressional incumbents often easily trounce challengers -- or face no meaningful opposition at all -- the hot-blooded rematch between U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-District 6) and Democratic challenger Lois Murphy has both parties scrambling in a district that has emerged as a real battleground, one that perhaps represents something of a microcosm of American politics. Gerlach,...
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July 4, 1976 is a date often recalled with great joy by Israelis, to say nothing of knowledgeable Jews all over the world. That's the day -- which just happened to correspond to the American bicentennial -- when Israel pulled off one of the most daring and successful military operations in its short history, a day in which counterterrorism proved...
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Princeton University graduate Scott Greenman loves everything about the game of basketball, not just the high-flying highlights seen on ESPN, but all of the little, unglamorous aspects of the sport that have increasingly become a lost art. He has a deep appreciation for the mental chess match between coaches, the importance of moving effectively without the ball, and even relishes...
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For many of Pennsylvania's Jewish voters, the most watched Senate race in the country has forced them to sort out their own political priorities, and possibly support a candidate with whom they're less than 100 percent comfortable. At this point, the race may be Bob Casey's to lose -- poll after poll shows the incumbent barely managing 40 percent approval...
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For the foreseeable future, Bonnie and Harris Blackman will have to do their cooking inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer that sits outside their home in Metairie, La., about 25 minutes from downtown New Orleans. But they've got a couple reasons to celebrate; their first floor now actually has walls instead of exposed sheetrock and wooden framing. And finally,...
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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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