Saturday, July 23, 2016 Tammuz 17, 5776

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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It started five years ago as a Ramah Day Camp project -- 400 square feet of land on the Mandell Education Campus in Melrose Park, where campers could add hands-on gardening to their nature programs.
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Joel Gershman, a prominent commercial real estate developer, philanthropist and namesake supporter of the Gershman Y in Center City, died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 4 after struggling with a variety of illnesses. He was 86. Were the Rydal resident able to read these words, however, he would have protested such public recognition, friends and family said. "He just wanted...
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University of the Arts junior Paul Zilberman wrestled with a twisted mess of nylon fabric, frowning at the sukkah frame it was somehow supposed to cover.
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ACAJE/JO -- what? The Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education/Jewish Outreach Partnership, known as ACAJE/JOP, is saying goodbye to its 65-character tongue-twister of a name. Two years after the nonprofit groups merged, board members have rebranded the organization as the Jewish Learning Venture. Mathematically speaking, that's about one third of the length of the former name. But getting to this...
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As the sky threatened to unleash a Sunday afternoon storm, a crowd gathered around a fire truck blocking an otherwise quiet residential street in Cherry Hill, N.J. Like the onlookers, however, police and fire officials were not there last month to respond to an emergency, but to welcome home a local hero: Avi Behar, a 24-year-old lieutenant in the U.S...
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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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