Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A mother who wants her infant to hear the shofar during services worries what to do if the baby screams — should she leave even though she has an obligation to hear the shofar so as not to disrupt anyone else's experience?

 
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Where should divorced parents stand at their childrens' wedding ceremonies? Together at the sides? Holding the poles? Interspersed with the wedding party? A groom debates the options. 

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A reader asks Miriam for ideas on how to acknowledge the High Holidays while traveling abroad.

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A woman who feels like the phrase "work-life balance" was created to make moms like her feel like they're doing something wrong asks Miriam to weigh in.  

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A dad wonders how he can convince friends and family that contributing to a college savings plan for his kids is much more appreciated than random toys and clothes that they often don't even need. 

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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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