It's not unusual to see visiting Israelis around town. Last weekend, however, there were 80 of them -- all young Orthodox women from the National Service program, or Sherut Leumi, for observant Jews who opt out of the country's required two-year military service because of religious beliefs.
Armed with a can of plum spray paint, Fernando Romero swiftly filled in a section of exposed gray stucco wall on an apartment building just off Temple University's main campus. Above him, another artist on a ladder added a skyline of black towers flanking huge green letters that spelled out: "Defend the Future."
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.