Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Kislev 7, 5777

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A reader asks for help as her family figures out what their interfaith holiday season should look like. 


What to do for teens who say they don't want gifts? Miriam weighs in. 


Can Chanukah compete with Christmas? Should we even try? On this first day of Chanukah, Miriam answers a question from a mom who is concerned about making the season special for her kids. 


A reader asks if he is obligated to attend his brother's bachelor party when he knows he won't have a good time. 


Miriam advises a kosher parent whose child was served pepperoni pizza at pre-school.



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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