Friday, May 27, 2016 Iyyar 19, 5776

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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After 13 years at the helm of the University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Contemporary Art, Claudia Gould will become the next director of the 107-year-old Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She will replace Joan Rosenbaum, who is retiring after 30 years, and will assume the new role sometime this fall, the museum recently announced. Gould, 55,...
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Becca Greenberg squinted at the tiny lettering on her smartphone web browser, searching for the answers to a sheet of scavenger hunt clues that would soon take the Chestnut Hill 18-year-old and a team of fellow freshmen at Temple University's Hillel on a four-hour exploration of Center City. It's move-in day, but Greenberg and 25 others paid extra to unload...
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As students head back to the books this fall, Cheltenham High School graduate Jake Aronson will fly to Israel to work on a kibbutz, study Hebrew and volunteer with 90 other Jewish young adults participating in the Conservative movement's Nativ leadership program. Even though the majority of college-bound Americans still go straight from high school to higher education, a growing...
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Philadelphia attorney Jerome J. Shestack -- a mentor, poetry afficionado, American history buff, and, in his wife's favorite descriptor, "the pied piper of just causes" -- died of kidney failure on Thursday, Aug. 18, at his Center City home. From his first campaigns for law schools to grant women and blacks admission, the 88-year-old human rights leader never stopped --...
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Inside the Broad Street Ministry in Center City, two wiggling therapy dogs basked in the center of attention. They visit regularly to cheer up the homeless, underemployed and others who come here to eat, shower, mend clothing, make an art project or socialize. At this particular moment, however, a group of 10th graders from Camp Galil made up the majority...
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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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