Dr. Messody Perlberger of Elkins Park, and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Perlberger of Wynnewood announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Elizabeth Perlberger, to Matthew Todd Swartz, son of Dr. Nancy Swartz and Dr. Marc Cohen of Gladwyne, and Dr. and Mrs. Joel Swartz of Villanova.

    Laura graduated with honors from Haverford College with a bachelor's degree in anthropology, political science, and peace and conflict studies. She is currently a law student at the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

    Matthew graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics. He also holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is presently a doctoral candidate in economics.

    Laura is the granddaughter of Annette Thabault of Petach Tikvah, Israel, and the late Raphael Thabault; and the late Alexander and Mina Perlberger.

    Matthew is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Albert Goodman of Wilmington, Del.; and Belle Swartz of Toledo, Ohio, and the late Charles Swartz.

    The couple is planning a May wedding in Philadelphia.