Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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At a time when the Jewish philanthropic world constantly bemoans the lack of young donors, 40-year-old Shira Goodman is busy helping her sons select the charity to which they'll designate a portion of their allowance. Brian Levine, a 32-year-old funeral-home co-owner, is getting ready to serve a massive community Passover seder funded heavily by the nonprofit Passover League. And in...
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Purchasing plots and headstones is the next thing Lisa Toll plans to do once money allows. But not for herself -- for her 29-year-old twins, both of whom have Asperger's syndrome, coupled with other mental disabilities. She's already paying for multiple life-insurance policies so they'll have something to live on once she's gone. It's not that Toll is preparing to...
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Time seemed to slow as a lone actor in a stained tallis commanded the Gershman Y auditorium, beseeching God -- in Yiddish -- not to break the souls of his people as they died fighting the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto. An hour later, the somber mood lifted as a Turkish/Eastern European-infused harmonica ensemble took over the stage. This was...
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Young professionals and college students still thirsty for learning after Limmud can find all sorts of "Topics on Tap" brewing at a Center City bar. For 10 weeks this spring, participants cram into the upstairs room at the Raven Lounge for free sessions on subjects ranging the gamut of Jewish life. The program has evolved since it started 21/2 years...
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For the better part of the academic year, Yair Cassuto and three fellow Israelis studying at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School have devoted their free time to contacting hotels, restaurants, tourist sites and business leaders back home. No, they're not studying the intricacies of the tourism business, nor are they getting paid a cent for this work. Instead, they...
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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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