Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

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?

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A Florida transplant worries that frigid winter temperatures will turn her into a hermit, never able to step foot outside her apartment unless pulled. As yet another cold snap approaches, she writes for advice.

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What's a blog without some end-of-year best-of post? Miriam's favorite Jewish articles, websites, memes and more from the past year. 

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Our advice blogger departs from her usual format to solicit readers' favorite "being Jewish on Christmas" stories. She found much more than the expected Chinese food-and-movie scenario. 

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A mother asks how to handle her first-grader's interest in Christmas: He wants to watch all the TV specials, he loves the lights and, hardest of all, he keeps asking to get a tree. 

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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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