Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) may be one of the so-called "Young Guns" -- a trio of House members some consider the future of the Republican Party -- but in one key respect, the 47-year-old stands alone.
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Israel may just be the only issue that Republican Pat Meehan and Democrat Bryan Lentz aren't clashing over in their race to become the newest congressman from Delaware County. But not to worry: Two nationally prominent Jewish House members recently visited the area to drum up Jewish support for the two contenders, and as a result, made the Mideast argument...
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On a recent summer day, Rabbi Shloime Isaacson received an urgent call: A 98-year-woman was having difficulty breathing. Isaacson was on his way to a meeting with a potential donor for a summer-camp program connected with his Northeast Philadelphia Orthodox shul, but he quickly took a detour. He was only about a mile from the woman's home, so he sped...
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A few minutes before gathering for morning prayers at the new Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Merion Station last week, a group of boys clustered near the gymnasium's half-court line, taking turns hurling a basketball toward the distant hoop. A few shots even touched the rim, although none went in. Dalia Kirzner, a sophomore on the girls basketball squad, marveled...
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At least once every election cycle, it seems, there's a flap surrounding a Jewish institution's decision to host or not host a political candidate or group -- invariably stoking partisan passions and raising questions about the role synagogues can or should play in politics. So far in 2010, two such incidents have made waves. Lower Merion Synagogue just canceled a...
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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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