Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Elul 25, 5776

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A mother asks if she has to acknowledge in her thank-you notes for gifts that her son received at his bris that it took her a couple of months to write them, or is it automatically forgiven because she's home with a new baby? 


A reader wonders how to invite her sister's interfaith family over for Jewish holidays without them feeling like she's trying to shove Judaism down their throats or question their parenting decisions.


A mother who is planning to adopt through the Pennsylvania foster system asks how to deal with loved ones who've made comments implying that adopted children are "different" or "less than" biological ones.


A recent graduate who just got his first set of business cards asks how to give them out without feeling awkward or insincere.


What if you want to ask for advice but you worry that someone will read the question and know it was you? 



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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