Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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The Pocono Mountains Fifteen-year-old Samantha Helias doesn't belong to a synagogue, attend Hebrew school or practice any kind of Judaism at home in Holland, Pa. Her mom is Jewish, her father isn't. Yet here she is in her second summer at Pinemere Camp, among the 10th grade counselors-in-training who lead Havdalah services every Saturday. When her parents took her out...
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Perhaps the most significant contribution to the stability of the Jewish camping world over the past five years has come from the combined efforts of the national Foundation for Jewish Camp, Jewish federations, religious movements, synagogues and camps to make attending financially feasible. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has increased its allocation of financial aid for camp from about...
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A prominent Palestinian came before the local Jewish community this week to make his case for a "federation" solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, was in Philadelphia to give a keynote speech at the signing of a charter that would expand a Middle Eastern dental school collaboration to an international "Alliance for Oral...
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The Pocono Mountains Perched on the edge of a platform 40 feet above the grassy Camp Harlam grounds in Kunkletown, Pa., 13-year-old Jake Lord steels himself for his first plunge down the zipline. Attached to the line next to him, Michael Holzman, a visiting rabbi from Reston, Va., prepares himself for the same inaugural experience. A few minutes later, both...
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Ardmore native Becks Kolins has set up residence 80 feet above ground in the branches of a tree in West Virginia as part of a grass-roots campaign to prevent mining on the mountaintop area. Kolins, 21, took a break from environmental and gender studies classes at Skidmore College in January to pursue environmental activism in the southern coal fields of...
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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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