Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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The New Israel Fund, a 27-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization that promotes civil rights and religious pluralism in Israel, started a Philadelphia Regional Council earlier this year in the hopes of increasing the group's visibility and fundraising capabilities in the area. The philanthropic partnership of Israelis, North Americans and Europeans has given more than $700 million to more than 120 organizations...
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A month after winning a special election to represent the 19th district in the Pennsylvania State Senate, Andrew Dinniman was officially sworn into office on June 19. He's the first Democrat to represent Chester County since 1990. Dinniman, a longtime Chester County commissioner, as well as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Chester County Region, handily...
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Laynie Ginsburg, 21 years old at the time, knew that in order to give her budding romance an opportunity to blossom, she needed to move clear across the country to Philadelphia, and try sharing an apartment - and, for a time, her life - with a guy she didn't know all that well. The Omaha, Neb. native had spent the...
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In recent months, Israeli officials have been at pains to portray Iranian nuclear ambitions as a threat to regional and global stability, not just a problem for Israel, and that sanctions imposed by the United Nations or an international coalition might thwart Teheran's plans. But just two weeks after Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon spoke in Ardmore and delivered a message...
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The Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School's 50th anniversary celebration turned out to be the largest fundraising event in its history, netting the institution roughly $4 million. "We are trying to reach the community with the message that day schools are part of the normal scene of American life, and more and more in the community are supporting us,"...
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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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