Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

You have a student who's asked for help networking in a professional field where he knows you have connections. You don’t think he’s talented enough. Should you help him or tell him the truth?

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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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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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