Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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Gunshots pierced a still, sunny morning at Dachau concentration camp. My husband and I cringed. It took a moment to remember that the Bavarian riot police have an active training facility on a portion of the property that once housed SS guards. I suppose it's economical to make use of the land. Nevertheless, the jarring sound rang like an offensive...
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Jackie Bobrin doubted her 8-year-old son Ethan would be able to attend religious school. "Regular" life was difficult enough with the behaviors his doctors attributed to a possible combination of Attention Deficit Disorder, Asberger's and bipolar disorder, she said. What synagogue would have the interest -- or resources -- to give him the extra attention he needed? Surprisingly, the Bryn...
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With Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and a room filled with rowdy classmates working against him, 13-year-old Adam Fishbein said it simply became too difficult to control himself during religious school by the fourth grade. But, Fishbein said, he also wanted to become a Bar Mitzvah, and he actually liked spending time at synagogue. So instead of dropping out,...
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Looking for art therapy for a child with special needs, or maybe a job for an adult with high-functioning autism? Find suggestions for those resources and more on specialneedsphilly.org , a new, searchable website and accompanying helpline (800-859-7674) that Jewish Family and Children's Service unveiled this week. With input from members of the city's special needs consortium and a $300,000...
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Beads of sweat pooled on Joshua Nelson's face as he implored the sold-out crowd gathered for an arts-themed Passover seder to make "some freedom noise." "If you really want peace, let me hear you say 'Yeah!' " roared Nelson, the black Jewish "Prince of Kosher Gospel." "Yeah!" responded more than 200 voices, several people springing up to form a slow-moving...
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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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