Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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More than seven months after stunning the political world by switching parties -- and receiving a chorus of welcome from the nation's top Democrats -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) exudes both determination and worry in his quest for re-election to a sixth term. "I saw President Clinton yesterday and he said, 'How's it going?' and I said, 'I've got...
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The faculty strike that had shut down the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy for a week ended in the wee hours of Monday morning after teachers and the administration reached a deal on a five-year contract. All those affected by the strike -- parents, students, teachers and administrators --breathed a collective sigh of relief, and said that they wanted to...
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Iran sanctions -- indeed President Barack Obama's whole approach to the nuclear threat posed by Tehran -- has emerged as a thorny issue in the Pennsylvania race for the U.S. Senate. Republican hopeful Pat Toomey has ripped into both U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-District 7) -- the two lawmakers competing in next year's Democratic...
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Within the span of a little more than a week, Hillel of Greater Philadelphia first declined to host a speech by a staunch critic of Israeli policy, then featured a lecture by a controversial politician from the ranks of the Jewish state's pro-settlement movement. That pair of decisions -- and the minor flap they created -- highlights a conundrum that...
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What goes around comes around, at least when talking about the revolutions of a Ferris wheel. A group in Phoenixville in Chester County is hoping that the story of one such attraction comes full circle: It's working to restore and display a 70-foot-tall historic ride, one of the first ever built, in the very city where it was constructed 114...
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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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