Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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Maddy Braun hardly spent any time in synagogues when she was growing up. Despite that, the Lafayette Hill resident says Jewish values are reflected in everything she does. That, she says, comes from her family's longstanding commitment to Der Arbeter Ring -- the Workmen's Circle. Like her parents, she grew up learning Jewish customs, songs and even Yiddish at a...
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Yaacov Kravitz was just starting to delve into Jewish studies at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem when Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, one of the most distinguished scholars in the world, walked into the classroom with a stack of freshly published volumes of the Talmud that he'd recently translated from Aramaic to modern Hebrew. "We would be struggling looking at the text...
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Almost exactly a year after Temple University unveiled the brand-new Rosen Hillel Center, students and faculty gathered at the three-story facility last week to celebrate the grand opening of a New York-style kosher deli housed inside the building. The kosher eatery, dubbed Cafe 613 as the result of a student naming contest, has been in the works since plans for...
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Four years ago, nearly six times as many women as men enrolled in Avodah, the Jewish Service Corps. The disparity was even worse at Hillel's Tzedek Advocacy program, where only two of 14 interns were male. And at Hebrew Union College, women comprised more than half of the rabbis ordained at both the Los Angeles and New York campuses. Synagogues,...
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Growing up, Temple University junior Zack Groff saw how his mother's family, Jordanians of Palestinian Arab heritage, harbored a quiet resentment toward Israel. Perhaps because of this, Groff said, in college he jumped at almost any opportunity to learn about the Middle East. "I am interested in reconciliation and peacemaking, hoping to one day see these wounds of resentment heal,"...
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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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