Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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By midnight on Nov. 2, the close Pennsylvania Senate race had a clear winner. And yet, a full week after Republican Pat Toomey delivered his victory speech, the battle to claim the Jewish vote goes on. More specifically, the spin has centered around two competing Election Day polls of Jewish voters. One was paid for by the Republican Jewish Coalition,...
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Although he sensed potential provocation, the general manager of a local Jewish cemetery said he never imagined that his full-page advertisement touting cremation as an alternative to burial would cause such a backlash. "Did you know ... Jewish people are being cremated?" blared the banner in the full-page advertisement for Roosevelt Memorial Park in Trevose in the Oct. 28 issue...
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Ever since Pat Toomey nearly beat Arlen Specter in the Republican primary six years ago, his supporters considered him a sure bet to one day win a Senate seat or the governor's mansion. Yet most Democrats and even some Republicans dismissed his chances, asserting repeatedly that the former congressman from Allentown was just too conservative for statewide office. But on...
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Soon after casting his ballot at Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El in Wynnewood, Larry Rubin, 69, stood in the brisk autumn air and reflected on his vote. "I'm very disappointed with the way our government is going," Rubin said, explaining why he'd voted a straight Republican ticket. "I'm very concerned about my grandchildren and the future they are going to face...
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<div id="articlecontent"><span id="mainContent_lblArticleHtml">U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, Pennsylvania&#39;s lone Jewish House member, easily survived a GOP landslide nationwide. </span> <p><span id="mainContent_lblArticleHtml">Schwartz, whose district covers the eastern portion of Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia, beat Republican challenger Dee Adcock with 56 percent of the vote to 43 percent, according to unofficial returns. In the city, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-District 2) won...
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Profile

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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