Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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Growing up, Rachel Dunn participated in an all-Jewish Girl Scout troop and even went to day school. But the Jewish high school she wanted to attend wouldn't accept her, the Rhawnhurst 18-year-old said, because she couldn't read Hebrew without vowel symbols. "I honestly still can't," Dunn said, adding that dyslexia, dysgraphia and Asperger's Syndrome might prevent her from ever mastering...
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After months of debate and even a rally organized by the Jewish community last summer, Abington and Cheltenham townships have passed anti-discrimination policies that make a point of including protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Despite legal and cultural progress in the realm of civil rights, federal laws only specifically prohibit discrimination when it comes to race, religion,...
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Twenty-three-year-old Meir Shapiro wears a yarmulke. He studies music, Torah and architecture at New York's Yeshiva University. And he beatboxes -- all over the world. In the year and a half since a viral Chanukah parody catapulted the Maccabeats into Internet fame, Shapiro and 13 fellow members of the Orthodox a cappella group have performed in New Zealand, Hong Kong...
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Whitwell, Tenn. The Jewish population of Whitwell, Tenn., increased by 5,300 percent on Sunday as a busload of 53 teens and adults from Har Zion Temple pulled into the tiny, rural town. The mostly white, Protestant population here has grown accustomed to welcoming tourists since middle schoolers collecting paper clips to represent the Holocaust death toll picked up media attention...
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Jewish Exponent Staff
Just a few weeks after announcing plans to add a food truck to the city's burgeoning kosher scene, the owner of Max & David's said financial woes drove him to close his flagship Elkins Park restaurant and catering business. Since opening up five years ago, Steve Katz said, he often struggled to break even because of the higher costs of...
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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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