Religious school students, parents, board members and other congregants from Rodeph Shalom gathered outside the historic synagogue on the northern edge of Center City Sunday to mark the groundbreaking of a $16 million renovation and expansion project.
The timing couldn’t have been sweeter: Jody Peskin always wanted to own some kind of small business related to her passion for chocolate. She just figured that would happen much later in life. But here she is at age 31, presiding over her own addition to the Main Line kosher community, just down the street from the new upscale Citron...
Over the next two years, Reform Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Gershman Y and Temple University's Feinstein Center for American Jewish History will host a variety of programs focused on food, ethics, sustainability and "eating Jewish."
Deborah has been working at the Exponent since fall 2010, starting out as a staff writer before becoming the online editor. She's spent the better part of 2012 working closely with other staff on the design and development of the Exponent's new website.
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 her business, Philly Dance Fitness, as the "Best Dance Workout" of 2012.