Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
It may be considered a minor holiday, but with its history of heroes and villains and bravery and self-dignity, Purim presents a very teachable moment.
A little over a year after Gratz College stopped running a Florence Melton Adult Mini-School amid declining enrollment, the internationally acclaimed program is slated to return under the direction of Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy.
Toward the end of her life, 15-year-old Rina Goldberg declared her bedroom to be a no-crying zone. She tried her best to enforce that policy, too, said her father, Ari, director of the Jewish Community High School at Gratz College. "If you're going to cry, leave the room," the Cheltenham teenager once told her grandma. Even as a debilitating disease...
Once a month, Nadine Silber, her husband and two little boys drive all the way from their Bucks County home in Bristol Borough for Saturday morning services at Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia. The draw: Celebrations! -- an educational workshop tailored for children with disabilities and their families. There are closer synagogues, Silber said, but none of them has programs suitable...
On a chilly Sunday evening, the main entrance to Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne is dark, the parking lot almost empty. Inside, however, running feet and shrieks of laughter pierce the quiet. A dozen children swarm in and out of a multipurpose room as their parents set dessert on an L-shaped table. "Who wants to read a book?" congregant...


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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