Friday, October 9, 2015 Tishri 26, 5776

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

While studying at a coffee shop, you overhear two women talking about people you know. Is there an appropriate way to tell them you're in the same academic circles, or should you keep your mouth shut?


A nursing mother asks if its appropriate to bring her baby to board meetings, casual planning meetings, a fancy out of town wedding, a Bar Mitzvah and other events that she would otherwise have to miss to stay home. 


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? 


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. 


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?



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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