Deborah Kaplan is not only one of the country's pre-eminent calligraphers, but ketubah artist as well. She is an alumna of the Philadelphia College of Art (now called the Philadelphia University of 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. Her calligraphic talent is evident in each ketubah she designs.