Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

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While the U.S. Senate race to replace Arlen Specter has produced a heated, ongoing debate on U.S. policy toward Israel, the Pennsylvania gubernatorial contest has generated relatively little fervor in the Jewish community. Still, the next occupant of the governor's mansion -- be it Republican Tom Corbett or Democrat Dan Onorato -- will be confronted with issues that could have...
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Pat Toomey's Senate campaign headquarters in Allentown sits across the road from the intricate network of roller coasters over at Dorney Park, perhaps serving as an apt symbol of the unpredictable nature of the wild ride known as politics.
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Clutching a BlackBerry and sporting a "Toomey for Senate" baseball cap and sweatshirt, Nachama Soloveichik is busy monitoring campaign tweets on three computers. With a few weeks to go until Election Day, she and the rest of Pat Toomey's campaign staff are in blitz mode, working 18-hour days. Not that the 30-year-old director of communications minds. In an interview at...
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For the better part of an hour-and-a-half, the moderator of a debate between U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-District 8) and the man who formerly held the Bucks County seat, Republican Michael Fitzpatrick, tried in vain to get the raucous crowd of 600 to settle down. The audience on Sunday greeted each candidate with football-like chants of "Murphy" and "Mike" as...
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Five Jews with divergent viewpoints gathered last week inside a Mount Airy sukkah to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some blamed events on the Arabs; others said the problem was Israel. The conversation could not have been more topical: Sept. 26 was the final day of Israel's 10-month moratorium on settlement-building. The future of the direct talks remained in doubt --...
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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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