Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Staff Writer
Congress may not have driven the nation off the fiscal cliff, but Jewish nonprofits are still bracing for a wild ride in the months ahead.
From purchasing pricey Spinning bikes to hiring certified fitness instructors, a handful of area day schools are taking extra steps to make sure their rigorous dual curriculum includes time to nurture healthy lifestyles.
Outside of his home state, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell doesn't get much media attention. But as the 52-year-old — currently the only Jewish governor in the country — readies to be sworn in for a second term, he says he doesn't mind operating relatively under the radar.
Those who lead 10-day Taglit-Birthright Israel trips don't get paid and often deal with turbulent moments — but the opportunity to guide wide-eyed young adults on their virgin voyages to the Jewish state are well worth any hassles, they say.
While many non-Orthodox synagogues are struggling to maintain their existing structures and keep up membership numbers, a nearly-completed Chabad center is teeming with activity.


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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