Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A young woman asks for advice on how to respond to or redirect uncomfortable small talk from an older member of her synagogue.

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At Shabbat services, you want to concentrate on the prayers or meditate, but your friend just wants to chat. How can you handle this without being rude?

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A letter writer wonders how to respond to friends who are constantly posting to social media about the situation in Israel, often with the caveat that, "I don't know if this is true, but..."

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After inadvertantly scheduling a social event on the solemn holiday of Tisha B'Av, a board member of a Jewish organization wonders how she can convince her less observant counterparts to change the date.

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What do you do when you're working in a coffee shop, you have to use the bathroom and there is nobody around to ask to watch your stuff?

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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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