Saturday, July 12, 2014 Tammuz 14, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
When Steven M. Brown stepped down almost a year ago as head of school at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, faculty member Sharon Levin was tapped to fill that role on an interim basis while the board conducted a search for a new leader. But on April 3, the board unanimously appointed Levin as the pluralistic day school's official...
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Jewish Exponent Staff
At a Republican Jewish Coalition program last week, a number of members offered some advice to former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum: Get out of the race while the getting is good. Well, Santorum listened. On April 10, he suspended his presidential campaign. During his period in the spotlight, Santorum appeared to go further than any other candidate in criticizing President...
Throughout his life in politics, former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter often invoked the name of his Yiddish-speaking father, Harry, who left czarist Russia in 1911 for a better life in the United States. Sometimes, the younger Specter would highlight how his father had once owned a junkyard and did whatever he could to get his family through the Great Depression,...
With the GOP looking ahead to its April 24 presidential primary in Pennsylvania, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign officially kicked off its Philly Jewish outreach efforts by convening a Main Line meeting of roughly 30 Jewish Democratic insiders. Ira Forman, a former director of the National Jewish Democratic Council who is heading up Jewish outreach for the campaign, met earlier...
A Jew from the former Soviet Union who arrived in Philadelphia with two small children; a teenage victim of domestic abuse from Guatemala; a survivor of the Rwandan genocide; and an undocumented immigrant from Bolivia. These four immigrants all received assistance from local Jewish community members and have, in turn, found ways to help others. This year, local Jewish families...


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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