Friday, October 21, 2016 Tishri 19, 5777

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A reader explains to Miriam that while she is a proud Jew by choice, she doesn't always wish to explain her choice or her journey to Judaism, particularly in a professional setting.


Dear Miriam, I would like to go to a mikvah before my wedding. It will be my first time.  Can you recommend a nice one?


A Jewish woman who has been in a relationship for the past two years with another woman who is not Jewish, asks Miriam some advice on how to deal with her mother.

Dear Miriam, I was invited and agreed to speak at a major conference in my field, but I was caught off guard and didn't know what to say when the organizers asked if I required a speaker's fee. 

Miriam is asked if a reader who had a good relationship with a former boss who was "kindly let go," could continue being friends with him?



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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