Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

You met someone online who's smart, good-looking, Jewish and has a great career. The catch? He lives too far away to meet in person without hopping on a plane. Would it be crazy to fly to a city where neither of you live for a first date? 

 

 

 
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At what age are birthday celebrations actually important to kids? A reader wonders if she can convince her mother that there's no need to throw a party for her 1-year-old daughter. 

 

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Even though Christmas has come and gone, a reader is still bothered by the "farce" of non-Christians wishing others a Merry Christmas. How should she respond when a cab driver wearing a turban greets her this way next December?

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A Florida transplant worries that frigid winter temperatures will turn her into a hermit, never able to step foot outside her apartment unless pulled. As yet another cold snap approaches, she writes for advice.

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What's a blog without some end-of-year best-of post? Miriam's favorite Jewish articles, websites, memes and more from the past year. 

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Profile

I am extremely proud to be a part of making the Philadelphia Jewish community the best it can be.

I am a co-founder of Minyan Tikvah (a lay-led prayer group in Center City Philadelphia that meets once a month for traditional egalitarian Shabbat services), a founder of a former matchmaking service for Jewish graduate students, a children’s book reviewer, a former elementary school teacher, a pretty decent cook and a mom to two beautiful children.

I spent years as the director of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Graduate Student Network before resigning to spend more time with my family. My husband, Marc, likes to say that I knew more people within a week of moving to Philadelphia than he knew after six years here.

I’m originally from the tiny town of Fredonia, NY, and sometimes I still stare at the skyscrapers and marvel at how many Jews I know.

 

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