Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

Deborah Hirsch

Director of Digital Media
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Imagine a synagogue with no ladies' or men's rooms, just bathrooms; or a class of 6th graders preparing for "chag" mitzvah ceremonies instead of Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. These were just a few of the ideas that 39 education directors, rabbis and other Jewish leaders brainstormed during a recent seminar aimed at building a more inclusive Jewish community for lesbian,...
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While many of Max Gering's friends this week headed off to the Poconos and beyond to make up bunk beds next to old friends, the soon-to-be senior at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy flew to Ghana with a group of 15 strangers.
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The windows of a Wynnefield mansion-turned-Orthodox shul were boarded up Wednesday after an early morning electrical fire damaged the upstairs. Congregation Raim Ahuvim president Marvin Gornish said he wasn't sure what would happen to the building because the dwindling membership had already left them with insufficient funds to carry fire insurance. Fire companies were dispatched to the building on the...
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When Sheila Stockley started working at the former Northern Hebrew Day Nursery in 1956 at age 16, she spent most of her time watching the children roam around a cement playground until their parents, usually single moms, came to pick them up. Today, at 71, Stockley still works as an administrator and caregiver for the Jewish child care agency, which...
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Standing with his arms crossed, Zion Bakshi gazed at a collage of photos and clippings harkening back to his life as a wrestling champion. Back then, more than 50 years ago, wrestling in Israel didn't pay the bills, so he traded in his beloved sport to study engineering in Philadelphia. But the 75-year-old Center City resident still mulls over his...
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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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215-832-0737

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