Deborah Kaplan is one of the country's preeminent calligraphers. She is an alumna of the Philadelphia College of Art (now called the Philadelphia University of the Arts) with a major in illustration. She has worked as a calligrapher since 1975 and has studied with several of the world's top calligraphers. She is a founding member of the Philadelphia Calligraphers' Society and since 1981 has been teaching others her love for the written word.
Deborah has specialized in custom-made, one of-a-kind ketubot, choosing this art form because of her love for the Hebrew language and letterforms, and the opportunity it affords to combine meaningful and decorative illustration with calligraphy. Working with ketubot has greatly enriched her cultural understanding and constantly adds to her involvement in the Jewish community. She now specializes in prints available to the public. Deborah lives in Bala Cynwyd, PA with her husband Albert. She has three grown children and five grandchildren.