Friday, March 6, 2015 AdarI 15, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

After overhearing a stranger's loud conversation about her mother's deteriorating health at a public cafe, the mom eating at the next table wonders if she should have used that opportunity to teach her curious preschooler about the concept of death or privacy. 

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A woman wonders how to convince her husband that a coincidental experience isn't worth adjusting his belief in fate.

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What do you do when a friend uses one of the baby names on your short list? A mom-to-be wonders if she should "warn" her friend that their kids might have similar names or pick a different one.

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A dad asks what to do when an aunt gives his 2-year-old son — who is obviously a Phillies fan — a Yankees hoodie as a birthday gift.
 
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A mom wonders if she has to forfeit her few precious hours of "off time" while her kids nap when she's hosting weekend guests who want to hang out all day. 

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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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