Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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A 3-foot tall menorah burned, a gigantic mirrored dreidel spun overhead, and on stage, Matisyahu launched into a lilting reggae melody as a sold-out crowd of nearly 1,000 people roared with approval. The Chasidic singer's "Festival of Light" tour, held at the Theatre of the Living Arts on South Street, seemed the perfect excuse to usher in the last night...
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My great-grandmother had been married less than a week when she noticed a picture of her husband in the Yiddish edition of the daily Forward. It was a wanted notice. According to family lore, Bubbe's husband had left a wife and three kids in New York. He could either go home or go to jail. He chose jail. Bubbe, then...
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The spicy-sweet aroma of fresh tomatoes stewing in herbs wafted through the maze of hallways on the third floor of Frankford High School. At the source of this enticing smell -- the culinary arts classroom -- 26 students crowded forward to get a closer look at visiting chef Michael Katz's chopping technique. Normally, Katz would be in Jerusalem, overseeing a...
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In the four months since Rabbi Daniel Grodnitzky moved to the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, the young father said he's met more than 100 aspiring Jewish artists. By his estimates, there could be up to 1,000 Jews enrolled at the six art and music schools downtown -- and he wants to draw as many of them as he can into the...
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Miniature Israeli flags in hand, supporters of the Jewish state filtered into the Center City Trader Joe's at lunchtime on Nov. 30 on a mission to buy Israeli products as part of a national counterattack to the global "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" (BDS) movement. Pro-Israel groups including StandWithUs and the America-Israel Chambers of Commerce last week declared Nov. 30 "Buy...
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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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