Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Before heading out on a congressional trip that includes stops in Iraq and Israel, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- the presumptive Republican presidential nominee -- made two appearances in the area to raise both funds and his political profile, especially since media attention remains glued on his two Democratic rivals who've been determinedly wooing voters in the Keystone state...
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At a recent Saint Joseph's University event -- one which was supposed to examine Israel's 60th anniversary from the perspective of Catholic-Jewish relations -- the two participants actually spent a good part of the time discussing Islam, especially the struggle in the Muslim world between religious moderates and those extremists now calling for a jihad against the West. The Jewish...
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The Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Studies and the minyan it created nine years ago are parting ways. The Center City-based outreach organization is getting set to move to a smaller space, and dedicate more of its resources to staffing and programming. At the same time, the informal prayer group that was under its auspices has evolved into an independent...
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In a scenario that seemed unlikely just a few months ago, the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama race for the Democratic presidential nod now has all the earmarks of becoming the wildest political circus in recent memory. Both campaigns have begun barnstorming across Pennsylvania in anticipation of the state's April 22 primary, which may or may not decide the outcome. As the...
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The congressional contenders have been whittled down, and it looks as if there won't be contested primaries in District 6 and District 13, after all. Democrat Robert Roggio and Republican Marina Kats have emerged from their respective fields to challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-District 6) and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-District 13), respectively. On Feb. 21, the Montgomery County...
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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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