Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Nearly a year after Hillel held a groundbreaking ceremony at Temple University to symbolically mark the start of construction on a new Jewish center there, students, donors and officials gathered for a short celebration marking the actual commencement of demolition and construction. A project long in the works, the 13,000-square-foot Edward H. Rosen Hillel Center is expected to be completed...
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Rabbi Menachem Schmidt said that he had no idea he was even being considered for a fellowship from a major foundation. But several weeks ago, the founder of the Lubavitch House at the University of Pennsylvania learned that he had been awarded a $225,000 grant to a project of his choosing. At a March 12 press conference at its New...
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Jerry "Dutch" Forstater knows a thing or two about security. The 54-year-old native of the Olney section of Philadelphia has designed surveillance and communications systems for correctional facilities, courthouses, government buildings, hospitals and even nuclear power plants. Professional Systems Engineering, the Lansdale-based firm that he founded in 1986, is also currently a consultant for "perimeter security" at the Philadelphia International...
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Jewish agencies that rely heavily on state funding to provide social services are concerned that what they contend is a broad government strategy to "level fund" certain sectors -- in order to bolster other programs -- will leave them scrambling to meet costs. JEVS Human Services, the Abramson Center for Jewish Life, and the Jewish Family & Children's Service of...
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Members of Congregation Mishkan Shalom's Israel Committee hope that by choosing to display the works of both Israeli and Palestinian artists in their synagogue, they can help further a communal dialogue about the troubled state of Middle East peace efforts, and perhaps focus the discussion on the hardships that the ongoing conflict imposes on both parties. "Both Sides of Peace,"...
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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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