Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Staff Writer
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Democrat Ruth Damsker said that she knew she was taking a chance by aligning herself with a better-known candidate, former U.S. Rep. Joe Hoeffel, but she thought their partnership was the best shot that the Democrats had to take control of the Montgomery County Courthouse. However, it didn't work out that way. Hoeffel, who got the second-highest number of votes,...
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Women in 2008: Which Way Will They Swing?
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According to a duo of pollsters -- one a Democrat, the other a Republican -- it's anybody's guess which way the majority of women -- who represent the majority of all voters -- are leaning, or even which party or candidate will ultimately come up with the best pitch to this part of the electorate. Celinda Lake and Kellyanne Elizabeth...
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Israel Consul General Uriel Palti struggled to make himself heard over the jazz band whose sounds -- brass blasts, smooth bass and crashing cymbals -- enveloped the ballroom at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia. With victory already apparent for Democrat Michael Nutter, supporters had begun crowding -- cramming, really -- into the room in anticipation of the hoopla of election-night...
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Does taking out a life-insurance policy hint at a lack of faith in God, and does it somehow betray the belief that God is both all-powerful and benevolent? Did Abraham's servant somehow violate Judaism's prohibition against sorcery or witchcraft when he asked for, and received, a kind of sign from God while he sought a wife for his boss's son,...
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The Democratic presidential candidates debate at Drexel University may have represented the best opportunity for rivals to derail -- or, at least, slow down -- what appears to be the Hillary Clinton runaway express. Both U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards gave it a shot: taking their swipes at what they described as the...
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Profile

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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