Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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It didn't take long for David Zellis to find what he was looking for when he signed up for a Young Jewish Leadership Concepts vacation to Jamaica. He can't even remember much about the trip because he was engrossed in his future wife, Sheryl.
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Why would someone who witnessed a rape decide not to call the police? Should Pennsylvania State University football coach Joe Paterno have been fired for something that happened under his watch even if he wasn't directly involved? These were the big questions posed to students at the Perelman Jewish Day School's Saligman Middle School last week as they gathered to...
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Win Htay gives a glimmer of a shy smile as she holds up a delicate, hand-crocheted yarmulke. The 28-year-old had never heard of a yarmulke until she came here four years ago, resettled by HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia as she fled political and military repression in Myanmar.
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Every year as Chanukah approaches, Center City resident Eleanor Levie pulls out a black crocheted vest that she spruced up by sewing on a larger-than-life chanukiah and dreidels.
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In college, Shari Botwin was always dieting. Sometimes, the Cherry Hill, N.J., psychologist recalled, she would exercise three to four hours a day.
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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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