Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Your son just received a letter of welcome from his soon-to-be fourth grade teacher. It was a wonderful gesture, but unfortunately, the letter was filled with grammatical errors. Is there any way to offer unsolicited grammar lessons without seeming like a complete jerk?

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You'd date someone non-Jewish but only if the person were open to converting or at least strongly supportive of a Jewish home. The question is, at what point in the dating process should you bring up the importance of your Jewish background?

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You have a small apartment that you love, but on several occasions recently, friends have come through Philly and asked to stay. They say they don't mind the cramped space but you do! How can you accommodate them without putting yourself out?

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It's been so hot this summer that you can't figure out how to dress for work so that you look professional without being totally sweaty. Also, you don't want to offend the Orthodox guy in the office with what you wear. What should you do?

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A woman in her late 30s fears that something she said has caused the breakup of a couple in their 20s. She feels guilty and wants to know if there's something she can do to help rectify the situation..

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Profile

I am extremely proud to be both a member of the Philadelphia young adult Jewish community and a professional working to make the community the best it can be.

I work full time as the director of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Graduate Student Network. 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.

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 and matchmaker for GradMatch.org, a children’s book reviewer, a former elementary school teacher, a pretty decent cook and a mom to two beautiful children.

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