Friday, November 28, 2014 Kislev 6, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Ever since Pat Toomey nearly beat Arlen Specter in the Republican primary six years ago, his supporters considered him a sure bet to one day win a Senate seat or the governor's mansion. Yet most Democrats and even some Republicans dismissed his chances, asserting repeatedly that the former congressman from Allentown was just too conservative for statewide office. But on...
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Soon after casting his ballot at Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El in Wynnewood, Larry Rubin, 69, stood in the brisk autumn air and reflected on his vote. "I'm very disappointed with the way our government is going," Rubin said, explaining why he'd voted a straight Republican ticket. "I'm very concerned about my grandchildren and the future they are going to face...
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<div id="articlecontent"><span id="mainContent_lblArticleHtml">U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, Pennsylvania&#39;s lone Jewish House member, easily survived a GOP landslide nationwide. </span> <p><span id="mainContent_lblArticleHtml">Schwartz, whose district covers the eastern portion of Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia, beat Republican challenger Dee Adcock with 56 percent of the vote to 43 percent, according to unofficial returns. In the city, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-District 2) won...
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In a year when the volume of outside campaign spending has emerged as its own election-season story, Jewish-backed groups have devoted an unprecedented amount of money to try to influence the outcome of the Pennsylvania Senate race. In the run-up to the Nov. 2 elections, a new set of commercials attacking Democratic candidate Joe Sestak has hit the airways as...
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After mounting pressure on the administration of Lincoln University to repudiate the views of a longtime literature professor who has called for the destruction of Israel and promoted Holocaust denial, the university issued a statement calling the professor's views "an insult to all decent people." The controversy surrounds Palistani-born Kaukab Siddique, a tenured professor at the state-funded, historically black college...
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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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