Rabbi Hirsh, Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, is the Director of Gratz Advance, which is Gratz College's newest department. Gratz Advance includes NEXT: the Professional Learning Program for Supplementary School Teachers, which Rabbi Hirsh created. It also encompasses other programs related to supplementary Jewish education, such as JSASIP: Jewish School Assessment School Improvement Process. Rabbi Hirsh's Gratz Advance portfolio also includes all of Gratz College's programs for high school students, including the Jewish Community High School, JOLT: Jewish Online Learning for Teens and Gratz Academy, which offers college credit opportunities for high school students.
Rabbi Hirsh earned a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from Gratz College in 2016. She earned a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and the title rabbi from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2000. Rabbi Hirsh earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with emphases in Jewish Studies and Women's Studies, from Vassar College.
Prior to coming to Gratz College, Rabbi Hirsh served as Director of Congregational Education for the Reconstructionist Movement. In that capacity, she trained and mentored dozens of rabbis, Jewish educators, and communal leaders. Rabbi Hirsh also directed two congregational schools in the Greater Philadelphia area for more than a decade.