Thursday, October 8, 2015 Tishri 25, 5776

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A reader who's relatively new to "making much of Shabbat" asks how to get over her nerves and start inviting guests to join in her family's Friday night ritual.


A reader who just lost two pairs of gloves, a pair of prescription sunglasses and a transit pass solicits strategies for keeping track of things.


A mother who keeps a kosher kitchen asks what, if any, limitations she should put on what her kids eat when they're with her in-laws, who do not keep kosher. 


With the explosion of social media websites suggesting potential connections to former teachers, colleagues, distant cousins and others, a reader asks whether she should get in touch and where, if anywhere, these contacts could lead?


A reader found out that her cousin's wedding caterer isn't certified kosher by an agency that their more observant family members will accept. What, if anything, should she do?



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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