Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

How much is appropriate to contribute to the office gift card pool when a colleague is expecting a new baby? Does it make a difference what your professional relationship is, and how much you like this person?

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You've told family and friends that you're really not into gift-giving so that no one feels obligated to get you anything, but they send gifts anyway. Is there anything else you can do to convince them not to do this? And if they still buy you presents, do you have to reciprocate? 

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A 27-year-old man from a very traditional Jewish family got serious with a Catholic girl in college. His parents were never supportive; hers always were — and not only supportive but welcoming. The girlfriend insisted that she would raise the children Jewish, but the young man still had doubts. He recently broke off the relationship but wants to know where to go from here, especially since he still has feelings for the woman.

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What do you do when a number of colleagues ask you to support their children's fundraising efforts, especially when lots of them are for Catholic schools? If you don't contribute to each one, will they resent you?

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A broke grad student asks for cooking tips to save money, and, more specifically, what to do with a stale loaf of bread.

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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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