Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A parent asks for tips on how to get into the spirit of Shabbat when she's completely spent from the work week and rarely has time to even make anything special for dinner.

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Is it possible that people come to weddings and don't get gifts for the couple? Continuing a recent thread of questions about gift-giving, a woman who got married almost a year ago wonders if she should follow up with guests who didn't give a gift to find out if a package got lost in the mail. 

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A mom writes about an unsettling encounter with an elderly woman at the park who kissed her son on the top of his head. What's the line between stranger-danger and respecting your elders, and what should she do if she sees this woman again? 

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By:
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.
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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.

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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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