Sunday, November 23, 2014 Kislev 1, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Barack Obama's campaign is continuing its heavy outreach to Jewish voters in the Philadelphia area. On Oct. 13, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) spoke in front of a packed auditorium at the JCC Klein Branch in Northeast Philadelphia. Three days earlier, in the same place, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and a host of other local...
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The race between state Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D-District 19) and his Republican challenger Steve Kantrowitz -- who both happen to be Jewish and live in Chester County-- has largely been low-key, lacking partisan fireworks. Part of the reason for the tone of the contest is that both candidates seem to have little appetite for making the kind of statements that...
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Choice. A National Jewish Democratic Council ad that ran last week in Jewish newspapers around the country highlighted the word in an enormous font with bold lettering. It stated that Barack Obama supports a woman's right to choose, while John McCain does not. In marked contrast to the slew of Republican Jewish Coalition ads that have sought to portray the...
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While the two presidential candidates have based their pitches to the Jewish community largely around Israel and foreign policy issues, the American Jewish Committee's annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion shows that the paramount issue among Jews is exactly the same as it is for Americans in general: namely, the faltering economy. "A couple of months ago Iraq was the...
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Harold Levenson and Milt Salamon, a pair of World War II veterans, arrived more than two hours early to Abington High School on Oct. 3 in order to get as close as possible to the speaker's podium. The two were part of an estimated crowd of 6,000 that turned out to hear Barack Obama's first speech in the area since...
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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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