Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Your wedding's coming up, and you just received an email from an old acquaintance asking if anyone can drive her to the wedding. But you didn't invite her and don't want to. How do you handle this?

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You're going to a bachelor party and you typically eat and drink a lot less than the other guys. You'll pay your share for the guest of honor, but don't want to subsidize the others. Is there a polite way to say something in advance to avoid any awkwardness when the check arrives?

 
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How long should you wait after giving birth to revamp your wardrobe? How long should you save pre-pregnancy clothes in case they fit again someday?

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A co-worker has asked for help finding a date. You're a married man around her age, both of you are Jewish, but you really don't like her and don't want to get involved. How do you say no gently?

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It's a good idea to encourage your grandmother to get a computer, right? But now she's begun sending you ridiculous email forwards, wants to be friends on Facebook and calls to ask if you've heard of websites (most recently, J-Date). How do you set online boundaries for her?

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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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