Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Staff Writer
Thirty years after she last taught in Philadelphia, Judy Groner returns next fall to lead the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School.
Amid increasing challenges to keep teenagers engaged in Jewish education post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah, efforts are under way to get synagogues and Gratz College's high school program to join forces.
Four major contenders seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in the House of Representatives are already locked in an intense fundraising battle, together taking in a little more than $1 million this spring.
With the future of federal funding for food stamps uncertain, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is lobbying two local congressmen who recently voted to cut funds for the program to reconsider their stances.
With 1,500 campers and more than 600 staff members, the JCC Camps at Medford could be the largest Jewish day camp in North America. Find out how this burgeoning camp tries to provide the same Jewish spark as its overnight counterparts.


Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. 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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