Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Amid increasing challenges to keep teenagers engaged in Jewish education post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah, efforts are under way to get synagogues and Gratz College's high school program to join forces.
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Four major contenders seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in the House of Representatives are already locked in an intense fundraising battle, together taking in a little more than $1 million this spring.
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With the future of federal funding for food stamps uncertain, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is lobbying two local congressmen who recently voted to cut funds for the program to reconsider their stances.
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With 1,500 campers and more than 600 staff members, the JCC Camps at Medford could be the largest Jewish day camp in North America. Find out how this burgeoning camp tries to provide the same Jewish spark as its overnight counterparts.
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Dr. Debbie Cohen-Stein, a kidney specialist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, spent two weeks in Gondar, Ethiopia, late last year to treat one of the last waves of Fa­lash Mura to emigrate to the Jewish state.
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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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