Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Ever since the weather's gotten nice, the neighbor kids have been playing raucous games of soccer in the street in front of your house. The ball often hits your window. It's a huge nuisance, plus you're afraid someone is going to get hurt. What can you do about it?

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You're a huggy kind of guy. You like showing affection. In work settings, of course, you shake hands instead. But still you're wondering: Under what circumstances can it be appropriate to hug colleagues?

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You recently broke up with someone who seemed to put his cell phone above you. But you're also worried — were you right to feel this way or is this just the “new normal”?

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Is there such a thing as gender-neutral baby clothes? A young woman has been trying to buy gifts for friends, and everything is either pink or blue, filled with ruffles or images of sporting goods. Are there any alternatives?

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You love your iPhone but it's taking over your life. Is there a good app that will help limit your time on the device? 

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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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