Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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Michail Kitsos is the first student to travel all the way from Greece to take classes at Gratz College's Melrose Park campus. He's also the first Greek Orthodox Christian to become valedictorian. And the 32-year-old is the first graduate whom Gratz administrators immediately hired to create a brand new certificate program, in Jewish-Christian Studies. On Sunday, the college will recognize...
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Jeremy Rudoler had finally moved college applications out of his consciousness last winter when the University of Pennsylvania emailed to say that early decisions would be posted online the evening of Friday, Dec. 9. "That got me freaking out," remembered Rudoler, a senior at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. Worse, he'd have to deal with the suspense for an extra...
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Israel has "never had 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and we never will," Michael Oren, the country's ambassador to the United States, told a sold-out crowd of 500 people at an Equality Forum dinner at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Saturday. He went on to describe how the state intervened to make sure a gay pride parade would...
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Marla Leigh had always planned on having children. "Others dreamt about that wedding," said Leigh, a 42-year-old human resources consultant from Lower Merion. "I dreamt about being a mom." But she got busy with an aggressive career track, "and time just really got away from me. All of a sudden, I was 40 years old." So she did what any...
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Tears welled up in Bonnie Benson's eyes as she recalled the parents of a sick child who approached her Hadassah group during a visit to one of the organization's namesake hospitals in Jerusalem two years ago. "They actually stopped us as we toured the hall and thanked us," Benson, 52, said, dabbing at her face. "It was amazing." That memory,...
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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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