Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

What is the appropriate response when someone tells a convert, "You're not Jewish?" 

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A letter writer describes how two of her friends have been dating for a few months but the woman worries that the guy isn't that into her because he's hardly made a physical move. The aspiring matchmaker asks for advice on how to talk to them about this without embarrassing anyone.

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A bride asks how she can tell her wedding guests that there's no room for children without offending anyone.

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A reader worries about misrepresenting Judaism by shopping and doing other activities on Shabbat while wearing her Star of David jewelry because a Shomer Shabbas friend pointed out that she could make more observant Jews look bad.

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A mom uncomfortable with the Christmas-like traditions at her husband's Russian Jewish family New Year celebration wonders if she can stop bringing her kids to their annual get-together. 

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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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