Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Whether the post-Sept. 11 struggle is called "a war on terror" or "a war against radical Islam," the United States is losing the all-important battle for Muslim "hearts and minds," according to Lawrence Husick, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security. During a July 31 talk at FPRI's Center City offices,...
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In it's June electronic newsletter, the Federal Environmental Protection's Agency Energy Star program highlighted the efforts of Congregation Mishkan Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Roxborough, to reduce its energy costs and cut back on carbon-dioxide emissions. The Energy Star Program -- which awards small businesses and congregations for maximizing energy efficiency -- first recognized Mishkan back in 2004. That wasn't...
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Atlantic City: Wanting to serve convention-goers, but missing a bit when it comes to the tribe
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It's no secret that in recent years, Atlantic City has upped the ante in terms of shopping, entertainment and dining, and has undergone a transformation from regional gambling hub to bona fide national attraction. The thinking goes like this: The more there is to do, the longer folks will stay. Having Atlantic City perceived as a three- or four-day destination...
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The Mural Arts Program and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia are teaming up to beautify the walls of a South Philadelphia public school with a talmudic-inspired image that will be painted as part of a community event set to occur in the fall. The 1,200-square-foot mural project is being funded by Federation and the City of Philadelphia, which provides...
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Michael Zak, the author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party , said at a recent gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Chester County that the current GOP leadership needs to emphasize the party's history if it hopes to woo new voters. Zak, a regular speaker at Republican events across the country, argued that the party fails to...
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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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