Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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Meet Dena Herrin: a Hebrew school drop-out who married a practicing Catholic — and then went on to become president of one of the largest Reform congregations in Greater Philadelphia. Herrin laughs at the memory of convincing her dad to let her off the hook from religious school because she hated it “with an absolute passion.”
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Bowling was never a favorite pastime, Marnie Markowitz says, watching with amusement as a group of friends groan after a teammate misses a chance at a spare. Still, she came to this trendy Northern Liberties alley several years ago to check out the Jewish bowling league her sister had emailed her about, figuring it would be a good way to...
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One stands on a chair to deliver a re-enactment of the Scopes Trial to his history classes at a Jewish day school. Another breaks from teaching English to serve as a confidante for public high school students in crisis, even as he deals with his own battle with cancer. Both men will be among 20 teachers honored March 14 at...
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Police are looking for at least two people believed responsible for anti-Semitic graffiti that was recently discovered at a Temple University Jewish fraternity. The epitaph, "F--- you Jews," spray-painted on the back of the Alpha Epsilon Pi house on North Broad Street, came less than a month after a coin-sized swastika was found etched into the aluminum siding of a...
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In 30 years at Arcadia University in Glenside, physical therapy professor Jan Tecklin can't recall any students studying in Israel, despite the fact that the university is known for its study abroad program. As a local Jew, Tecklin said, "that makes me crazy," so he made it a personal mission to change that. On March 10, he and fellow professor...
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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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