Thursday, July 2, 2015 Tammuz 15, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

How can you politely decline an invitation to carpool to an office meeting? A reader worries that saying yes would encourage her co-worker to suggest carpooling on a regular basis. 

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Not sure what to say over Mother's Day weekend to a friend who recently lost her mom, a reader asks if there's anything she can do to be there for her now that the holiday is over.

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With the primary elections approaching, a reader wonders if it's worth the effort to address a friend's insensitive Facebook post about the state of public education in Philadelphia.

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A reader made an offhand compliment about a blueberry pie her mother served a couple of years ago and is now served this dessert every time she visits. Is there any way to explain that she doesn't really like blueberry pie, or is she stuck eating it forever?

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A social worker asks how she can contribute to conversations about race in America productively and honestly without jeopardizing her job in a very right-wing office.
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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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