Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Should Jews be alarmed about the findings of the new Pew study of American Jews? Advice columnist Miriam Steinberg-Egeth gives her take as a communal professional. 

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Is there a particular etiquette when it comes to navigating strollers through city sidewalks? Our advice columnist considers possible responses.

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So what do you do with the lulav and etrog once the Sukkot holiday has come to a close?

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If it's a mitzvah to have sex on Shabbat, a reader wonders if it's also a mitzvah to have sex on every night of holidays like Sukkot that span several days.  

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An acquaintance emailed to say that her husband has some business in your neighborhood once a week for the next month and she looks forward to coming over and spending time with you while he's working. How do you get out of this unintended social obligation?

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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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