Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Your son just received a letter of welcome from his soon-to-be fourth grade teacher. It was a wonderful gesture, but unfortunately, the letter was filled with grammatical errors. Is there any way to offer unsolicited grammar lessons without seeming like a complete jerk?

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You'd date someone non-Jewish but only if the person were open to converting or at least strongly supportive of a Jewish home. The question is, at what point in the dating process should you bring up the importance of your Jewish background?

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You have a small apartment that you love, but on several occasions recently, friends have come through Philly and asked to stay. They say they don't mind the cramped space but you do! How can you accommodate them without putting yourself out?

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It's been so hot this summer that you can't figure out how to dress for work so that you look professional without being totally sweaty. Also, you don't want to offend the Orthodox guy in the office with what you wear. What should you do?

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A woman in her late 30s fears that something she said has caused the breakup of a couple in their 20s. She feels guilty and wants to know if there's something she can do to help rectify the situation..

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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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