Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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Talk about a tech-minded culture: This Passover season, you can get rid of chametz with the help of your cell phone. Seriously. A free iPhone app just released by New York software development company RustyBrick provides guidance for seeking, selling and destroying the leavened goods. The app includes rabbinic explanations of the Jewish laws regarding the removal of chametz prior...
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At Emily Coplon's home, Passover cleaning started in mid-March. With five children and upwards of 25 guests at each seder, Coplon said, it's a challenge to make sure the holiday doesn't feel more like a stressor than a simcha. While getting organized is a year-round task, the topic is especially prescient with spring cleaning and Passover fast approaching. For some...
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About this time last year, 21-year-old Sarah Zolkower stood before more than 30 fellow undergraduates at St. Joseph's University, maneuvering action figures through red Jell-O to re-enact the story of Moses parting the Red Sea. Nontraditional -- yes. But it was Zolkower's way or no Passover seder at all on her Catholic campus. But that changed this year. On Sunday,...
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ewish life wasn't a top priority when Jeremy Cooper was looking for a school. Little did the 22-year-old economics major from northeastern Pennsylvania know that he would end up becoming the president of a small, but transforming, Hillel at Villanova. They don't have a building, a rabbi, services or kosher food. Still, Cooper said, at least there's something that allows...
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As someone who relied on charitable help as a child refugee from Russia, Alla Pasternack always knew she would give back when she was able. She doled out donations here and there to her kids' schools, medical research, the arts and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which handled her own family's resettlement. But she'd never committed strongly to any particular...
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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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