Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

After inadvertantly scheduling a social event on the solemn holiday of Tisha B'Av, a board member of a Jewish organization wonders how she can convince her less observant counterparts to change the date.

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What do you do when you're working in a coffee shop, you have to use the bathroom and there is nobody around to ask to watch your stuff?

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A reader asks how she can mention to her friend that she's dating a guy who previously flirted with said friend without making the whole thing into a big deal. 

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A handyman injures himself while doing repairs in your home, leaving spots of blood behind. Should you complain to him or his boss, or just let it go? 

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Miriam reverses roles in this post, asking friends and readers how they make the most of times when they know they could be interrupted at any moment.

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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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