Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Sivan 8, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

After realizing that the mom who hired her for a summer babysitting job is actually looking for more of a housekeeeper, a graduate student asks if there's any way to explain that this isn't what she signed up for and save the situation, or should she just quit? 

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A woman who recently moved to a new city asks if she should try to get out of an invitation to join some moms from her daughter's school who are taking a "Mexican Party Bus" to go out salsa dancing. 

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How can you politely decline an invitation to carpool to an office meeting? A reader worries that saying yes would encourage her co-worker to suggest carpooling on a regular basis. 

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Not sure what to say over Mother's Day weekend to a friend who recently lost her mom, a reader asks if there's anything she can do to be there for her now that the holiday is over.

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With the primary elections approaching, a reader wonders if it's worth the effort to address a friend's insensitive Facebook post about the state of public education in Philadelphia.

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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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