Saturday, November 29, 2014 Kislev 7, 5775

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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Even though the Holocaust ended nearly 70 years ago, Jamie Etkind's parents still avoid buying German cars.
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Tiny hands shoot up as Leslie Maizel selects two volunteers for a role-play exercise at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El's preschool in Wynnewood. She positions the pretend "Randy" and "Suzy" in the center of their circle with a pile of blocks. They'd be happy to play together, Maizel tells her class of 5-year- olds, but Randy wants to build a castle...
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For years, Laurel Klein has been dreaming of opening a combination restaurant, bar and performance space where Jewish young adults could gather to eat, socialize, learn and then "take their Jewishness back home with them." Now, the 31-year-old Philadelphia transplant has a litmus test of whether others want that, too. Klein's proposed "Cafe Olam" is among a handful of startups...
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Dig up your old camp shirts and friendship bracelets: The National Museum of American Jewish History and the Collaborative are calling young professionals to reconnect with old bunkmates and reminisce about nights around the campfire during a nostalgic "Camp Reunion" on June 5. The event will include such camping delicacies as s'mores and "adult bug juice," plus an improv comedy...
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The only glimpse Jean Paul ever got of her father came from a handful of yellowed photos. William Steinhurst was already deployed in World War II when she was born. He died in a plane crash near the French Alps in November 1944 when she was five months old. This weekend, the 67-year-old retired social worker from Elkins Park will...
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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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