Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Dear Miriam,

I've recently started dating someone who is not Jewish. For the moment, it's not super serious, making this question mostly hypothetical for me. But this is my first foray into dating non Jews (I've never been opposed to it in principle, but I've just happened to only date Jews in the past), so I am wondering when and how to bring up the topic of religion. I'm relatively observant and being religiously Jewish is a big part of my identity.

Signed,
Newly Dating

Dear Newly,

I've gotten a lot of feedback on my recent "Interfaith...

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This week's question comes just in time for me to point you to tonight's Topics on Tap program about Interfaith relationships portrayed in film. We'll be at the Black Sheep at 7:00 watching movie clips, grabbing a drink and learning about this important and relevant topic!

Dear Miriam,

I'm engaged, and my fiance is converting to Judaism. We're taking classes together, starting to do Shabbat at home, and really loving the transition, but we're getting pushback from some friends and family, especially on his side. How can we balance our excitement about our journey with...

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Dear Miriam,

You know that episode of "How I Met Your Mother," where Katie Holmes comes to the Halloween party dressed as "The Slutty Pumpkin?" Is there a Purim equivalent?

Signed,
Hottie Hamentaschen

Dear Hottie,

Purim is certainly an opportunity to do things out of the ordinary, in a turn-the-world-upside-down-can't-tell-blessed-Mordecai-from-cursed-Haman kind of way, including how we dress. While I don't think that the Halloween trend of making every possible costume into a "slutty" version of itself has fully carried over into Purim, you...

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Dear Miriam,

For those of us who are job-hunting, could you share some tips for successful and effective networking?

Signed,
Take My Card, Please!

Dear Card,

Tomorrow is one of the most successful networking events I know of: The 11th Annual Law Networking Event run by the Jewish Graduate Student Network and The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society. Yes, it's possible that I'm partial to the event, but I have also seen it have tangible impact on people's careers. If you're looking for employment in a law-related field, you should be there, but even...

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Dear Miriam,

Why are there so many potluck Shabbat meals in Philadelphia? How do I decide what to bring? Are there other pieces of potluck etiquette I should know about?

Signed,
Puzzled by potlucks

Dear Puzzled,

You're absolutely right that the Philadelphia Jewish scene is ripe with potluck meals! The recent article in the Jewish Exponent talks about this trend. This coming Shabbat, at least four organizations are hosting potlucks: Hillel's Grad Network (where I work!), Moishe House Philadelphia, and the Collaborative are all hosting Friday...

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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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