Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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As long as her parents can remember, Leah Horowitz had always been drawn to adventure and fascinated with the wider world. The Elkins Park native caught the "Africa bug" during a college semester in Zimbabwe; since then, she logged substantial time in Ghana and South Africa, focusing on issues such as sustainable agriculture, good governance and the role that gender...
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Several Jewish groups have expressed concern that a June 11 Center City program featuring a Washington Post columnist and an Iranian-American writer could devolve into an Israel-bashing fest, even though the Israeli-Arab conflict isn't the stated subject of the event. For the last of a three-part series focusing on "The Future of Radical Islam," the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia...
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Four years ago, Bob Casey -- then state treasurer and a candidate for the U.S. Senate -- made his first trip to Israel, touring the country as a relative foreign-policy neophyte with a group of Jewish backers who hoped they had found the guy to unseat conservative Republican Rick Santorum. Last week, Casey returned to the Jewish state under very...
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With two major Jewish agencies in the area planning to merge, the question becomes: Will it be a perfect match or simply a marriage of convenience? Leaders of both the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education and the Jewish Outreach Partnership -- currently situated in adjacent buildings on the Mandell Education Campus in Melrose Park -- are certainly banking on...
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The prospect, however remote, that Pennsylvania might eliminate grants to arts and cultural organizations has unnerved some Jewish groups already battling the fiscal currents and struggling to stay afloat. The Pennsylvania State Senate included in its budget proposal a plan to eliminate funding for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The council, part of Gov. Ed Rendell's office, provides grants...
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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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