Friday, November 28, 2014 Kislev 6, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Shul's out for summer! Well, not quite: For the most part, services at area synagogues continue through July and August uninterrupted; and unlike teachers, rabbis generally don't have their summers off. But that doesn't mean that the warm-weather months don't offer religious leaders a bit of downtime. After all, this is the season when many synagogue activities come to a...
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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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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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