Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
With donations down, what will happen to various groups, programs and services?
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Before the financial crisis hit, all signs pointed upward for Moving Traditions. The national organization -- founded four years ago and based in Jenkintown -- fosters Jewish identity through the lens of gender. It had expanded its signature program, "Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing!," far beyond its local roots, establishing groups throughout the country. And donors appeared willing to...
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The board of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has approved the allocation of more than $23.2 million to a broad swath of Jewish programs, projects and institutions in the region and beyond. In a nod to grim economic realities and increased communal need, Federation shifted a greater percentage of its resources to social-service and critical-needs programs, while,...
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GOP members weigh in on what Sen. Arlen Specter's defection means to them -- and the party
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Less than a year ago -- but what now seems like a political lifetime -- the Republican Party hoped it was on the verge of making serious gains among Jewish voters in Pennsylvania and nationwide. U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), considered highly popular among American Jews, had decided to back John McCain for president, and was considered a top prospect...
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Nearly four years after being indicted on charges of receiving and passing classified information, former Washington lobbyist Steven Rosen is back in the public eye and ready to move on. "We're coming to the end of this drama," Rosen said on Monday, shortly before giving a speech here in Philadelphia -- only his second public talk since he was formally...
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When Sen. Arlen Specter dropped his political bombshell Tuesday that he was switching parties, many longtime Jewish supporters who had seen an uphill battle ahead of them breathed a huge sigh of relief. "This is great news," said Gary Erlbaum, a longtime Specter supporter who backs candidates in both parties. "It would have been very difficult for him to win...
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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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