Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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Middle-income families have a new incentive to consider the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School, to the tune of $25,000. The "Cozen Scholars Program" will provide $5,000 annually, for up to five years, to qualifying families with children entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall. The program was funded by namesake benefactors Sandy and Stephen A. Cozen, longtime...
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Maia Silver read along as her teacher, miles away in a Lansdale home office, remotely highlighted each Hebrew word on her computer screen. " Ani lomedet bih beit sefer bih Cherry Hill ," the 14-year-old high school freshman said, filling in the end of the sentence with her hometown. " Yofi ," Ricky Markovitz's voice congratulated her through the computer...
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New company wants people to feel good about eating meat
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Phyllis Berman never had any qualms about eating meat when she was growing up, as long as it was kosher. That changed in recent years as the Mount Airy resident learned that animals killed for kosher meat, while slaughtered according to ancient traditions, most likely were raised in just as dirty, cramped and unnatural conditions as those used for conventional...
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They've dreamed of bringing Jews together over campus greening projects, providing community health services and hosting introspective Shabbat retreats at a summer shore house. Now, they get to do more than just imagine. Over the next five months, the 11 innovators selected for the inaugural class of the Tribe 12 "Social Entrepreneur Fellowship" will learn how to turn their ideas...
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Children at Camp JRF will get a taste of construction work this summer as they take part in building an "Eco-Village" of yurt-style cabins, canopy-covered platforms and environmentally friendly bathhouses. The project comes as the 120-acre Reconstructionist camp in the Pocono Mountains celebrates its 10th anniversary and growing enrollment. Despite the bleak economy, the camp has had a waiting list...
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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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