Saturday, November 22, 2014 Heshvan 29, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

How can Jewish communities do more to provide support when those who are in need don't know they can ask, don't know how to ask or feel ashamed to ask?

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A mother who wants her infant to hear the shofar during services worries what to do if the baby screams — should she leave even though she has an obligation to hear the shofar so as not to disrupt anyone else's experience?

 
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Where should divorced parents stand at their childrens' wedding ceremonies? Together at the sides? Holding the poles? Interspersed with the wedding party? A groom debates the options. 

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A reader asks Miriam for ideas on how to acknowledge the High Holidays while traveling abroad.

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A woman who feels like the phrase "work-life balance" was created to make moms like her feel like they're doing something wrong asks Miriam to weigh in.  

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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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