Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Two Jewish women are competing in the region’s hottest congressional races, both Democratic challengers attempting to unseat Republican incumbents. In Pennsylvania’s 8th district, which covers Bucks County and a small portion of Montgomery County, lawyer Kathy Boockvar is locked in a tight battle with U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. And on the other side of the Delaware River, the battle is...
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Nearly four months after the Obama campaign held an event at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elk­ins Park that drew some 1,200 people, the Republicans are taking their turn at the same venue. The July Obama program — which took place before presidential candidates were even officially nominated by their parties — featured Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee...
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Despite reports to the contrary, the head of the Republican Jewish Coalition insists that the partisan organization has not given up on Pennsylvania — though it has clearly scaled back its plans to vie for Jewish votes here. It has been repeatedly report­ed over the past several weeks that the RJC had shifted $1.5 million intended for Pennsylvania to Ne­vada...
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Forget Super PACs. When it comes to political funding, Jewish "bundlers" dominate the scene in the Philadelphia area.
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Talks between representatives of the Perelman Jewish Day School and the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy have taken on a sense of urgency as Perelman’s board looks to decide the fate of its struggling Saligman Middle School in the coming months. It appears that the talks have been substantive enough, or public pressure influential enough, that the idea of merging...
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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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