Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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A hospital merger isn't the kind of issue that usually draws the ire of the Jewish community. Yet the news in late June that Abington Health plans to merge with the Holy Redeemer Health System, and cease performing abortions as a result of the agreement, has sparked outrage among rabbis and has appeared to unite much of the Old York...
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U.S. Rep. Deborah Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who serves at the helm of the Democratic National Committee and is considered President Barack Obama's most prominent Jewish surrogate, is slated to stump for the president at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park next week. Also slated to speak locally on July 16 are U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, the Pennsylvania...
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For Philadelphia's organized Jewish community, this might well be a tale of two state budgets. The first represents the best of times: Pennsylvania's $27.66 billion budget, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett minutes before the deadline on June 30, includes a huge boost to an educational funding initiative championed by some Jewish groups. But in terms of funding for critical services,...
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Audrey Ross breathed a huge sigh of relief when she heard that the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld President Barack Obama's health care law last week. The 32-year-old works for a Center City nonprofit, suffers from diabetes and has faced anxiety over the prospect of losing her insurance. "I think health coverage is an absolute right. I also think it...
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Tom Smith, the Republican hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), may not be familiar with the Yiddish term mensch -- at least not until this week -- nor has he yet visited the Jewish state, though he hopes to one day. But the one-time coal miner-turned-coal executive from western Pennsylvania's Armstrong County says he is confident that his...
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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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