Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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For one Philadelphia native -- motivated by the legacy of the Holocaust to get involved in political life and help ensure that Jews have access to those who pull the strings -- the first decade of the new millennium is looking more and more like the 1930s, with a major state seemingly bent on the destruction of Jews. "If Hitler...
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Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of the classic When Bad Things Happen to Good People, as well as nine other books, has just published his newest work, Overcoming Life's Disappointments. It draws on the story of Moses, and weaves together references to social science and popular culture with the explicit purpose of helping people deal with the personal setbacks that...
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U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R-District 7) is in the fight of his political life, and he hopes that his credentials on national security -- in several years, he could become chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services -- and his longtime service to Delaware County can carry him to an 11th term in Congress. But Democrats think they've found...
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A recurring 2006 election-year theme is playing itself out in the race for who will represent Bucks County in Congress. The Democratic challenger tries to link his opponent to an unpopular president and his war, as well as scandals stemming from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff; the Republican works to emphasize his credentials as an independent moderate who's in step with...
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In an era where congressional incumbents often easily trounce challengers -- or face no meaningful opposition at all -- the hot-blooded rematch between U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-District 6) and Democratic challenger Lois Murphy has both parties scrambling in a district that has emerged as a real battleground, one that perhaps represents something of a microcosm of American politics. Gerlach,...
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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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