Saturday, November 1, 2014 Heshvan 8, 5775

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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Families have a new incentive to consider Jewish day school with a sweeping grant initiative that will provide tuition assistance for any of nine private schools in the region. Each elementary, middle and high school program in the newly created Jewish Day School Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia will award five grants that cover as much as a third of annual...
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If a doughnut-eating contest came to Philly, Zach Engel would surely have an edge. Engel taste-tests up to 40 of the fried sweets every week -- a perk or health hazard of his job as the managing chef at the newly opened Federal Donuts, depending on how you look at it. "I don't really eat anything" else, he says. No...
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About a dozen Israeli entertainers and leaders, including Michael Oren, Israel's U.S. ambassador, will fly to Philadelphia in May to represent their country at the Equality Forum, a weekend-long summit promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights. Israel was selected as the "featured nation" for the 20th annual event, which includes 25 free panel discussions, an art exhibit, parties...
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Yoni Stadlin does more than just talk about honoring trees on Tu B'Shevat -- he devotes vacations to "speak" for them. A month ago, the 33-year-old Bala Cynwyd native flew to Northern California for his fifth stake-out high in the boughs of an ancient Redwood that would have been chopped down years ago if not for the continual presence of...
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Over the past decade, Israeli artist Tal Shochat has scoured her homeland for the perfect cypress, plum, palm and other particular trees. Even after settling on an ideal specimen, she often waited patiently until the plant dripped with luscious fruit before photographing it, taking care to clean each branch first. From this painstaking process she compiled a series of large-format...
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Profile

Deborah has been working at the Exponent since fall 2010, starting out as a staff writer before working on the development of the Exponent's new website and becoming the director of digital media.

Prior to the Exponent, Deborah worked at daily newspapers including the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina and the Courier-Post in South Jersey. She took a six-month break in the middle of those jobs to move to Mexico for a Rotary International Cultural Ambassador fellowship.

She earned her bachelors and masters degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. 

Outside of journalism, Deborah keeps more than busy as a dance and fitness instructor. Philadelphia Magazine recently honored her as one of 16 local "Health Heroes" and ranked her business, Philly Dance Fitness, in its "Best of Philly" awards. 

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