Sunday, October 4, 2015 Tishri 21, 5776

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger
Nomi Eve, the Elkins Park author of Henna House , this year’s selection for One Book One Jewish Community, discusses the inspiration for her novel.

How do you correct school staff who have incorrectly listed your kid's hyphenated last name for the second time in a row, and what can you do to prevent future mistakes? An aggravated mom seeks advice.


An expectant mother wonders when she should announce her news to her co-workers.


What is the appropriate response when someone tells a convert, "You're not Jewish?" 


A letter writer describes how two of her friends have been dating for a few months but the woman worries that the guy isn't that into her because he's hardly made a physical move. The aspiring matchmaker asks for advice on how to talk to them about this without embarrassing anyone.



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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