Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth discusses the in and outs of baby-naming in the Jewish tradition.

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Our advice columnist fills the eighth day of Chanukah — such a letdown! — with eight answers to questions people ask her all the time.

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How do you get your project manager at work to use your preferred nickname and not your full name, especially since he uses his nickname all the time, even when he signs emails? You’d think if anyone would get it, he would.

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With this whole Thanksgivukkah business, it seems like everyone's doing the holidays a little bit differently this year. So I'm sharing two of the most traditional Chanukah recipes I know for those who want to celebrate not doing things differently.

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Lately, it seems like everyone is either stressed, sad, sick or all three. How can you avoid falling into the stress trap with everybody else?

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Profile

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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