Forget the big communal question of whether children of intermarried couples can ever feel completely Jewish - the roughly 65 teens and parents at a recent interfaith symposium focused on the practical challenges they face, from discussing faith with their partners to managing in-laws. Members of Kol Ami, a Reform synagogue in Elkins Park organized the "Interfaith Roller Coaster."
After $17 million in personal campaign funds, coal industry executive and political neophyte Tom Smith may be within striking distance of unseating U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. The 65-year-old Democrat-turned-Republican from Armstrong County spoke to the Exponent about his views on foreign policy and domestic issues
Arlen Specter, a lifelong squash player — he famously played even while undergoing chemotherapy treatments — used to stake out choice territory on the court. He was, according to his partners, as aggressive in the game as he was in life. Edward. H Rosen, a friend of Specter’s since the late 1950s, recalled a game on Election Day in 1969,...
Sen. Bob Casey is seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate and is facing Tom Smith, a entrepreneur in the coal industry from Western Pennsylvania. Casey is a socially conservative Democrat who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, where he has pressed for sanctions against Iran. For much of the past year, the race has been fairly quiet, but...
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.