Sunday, December 4, 2016 Kislev 4, 5777

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

With the explosion of social media websites suggesting potential connections to former teachers, colleagues, distant cousins and others, a reader asks whether she should get in touch and where, if anywhere, these contacts could lead?


A reader found out that her cousin's wedding caterer isn't certified kosher by an agency that their more observant family members will accept. What, if anything, should she do?


A reader who felt a connection with the woman in charge of his airport security screening in Israel asks for ideas on how to track her down.


A reader who admits to not following through on a bunch of New Year's resolutions made back around Rosh Hashanah wonders if it would be "gaming the system" to try again at the secular New Year.

In the spirit of the holidays, Miriam answers eight wacky questions about Chanukah.


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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