Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A letter writer wonders how she can make a cousin who keeps strict kosher feel comfortable at her upcoming seder without creating a ton of extra work. 

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How do you delicately respond to a senior co-worker's assumption that you'll be joining her for seder again this year? 

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A woman asks for suggestions on how to deal with a disability that now makes it impossible to complete her usual pre-Passover cleaning and cooking rituals. 

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Why do couples with kids seem to purposefully relegate themselves to being hermits rather than trading off who stays home so that at least one of them can still spend time with their non-parent friends?  

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Kids at this writer's synagogue not only take food from the kiddush table during services, but also stick their hands in everything so that no one else wants to eat the food later. Can members do or say anything to their parents to stop this? 

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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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