Articles by Mala Blomquist


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A Desert Gathering of Diverse Musicians

The headliners for this year’s Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest, Chava Mirel, Nefesh Mountain and Todd Herzog, all have their own musical styles, but they are deeply connected through the spiritual power of music. Desert Gathering began in 2013 as a result of Todd Herzog’s Start Me Up! fellowship through Valley Beit Midrash with Rabbi…

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Emoji Domains is Cool

Like most entrepreneurs, Jon Roig was trying to solve a problem he was encountering when he came up with the concept of Emoji Domains. He was trying to register a domain using emojis (those little images on your phone that you use to express emotions) for an application that he had written. He was working…

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Home Tours

Three unique home tours are happening in November. Whether you want to see what urban living at its finest in Phoenix looks like, or you want to take a peek at beautifully restored homes from the turn of the century. Perhaps you want to take a short drive out Wickenburg way. Whatever tour you pick,…

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Farmers Market Fun

Fall in Arizona is when the farmers markets in the Valley get back into full swing. These markets are not only a great way to get out and enjoy the cooler weather, but they are also an excellent opportunity to turn a fun, family outing into a learning experience. On a trip to the local…

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Dinosaurs in the Desert

You know when you hear an iconic theme song from a movie – how that can give you a thrill and make your heart beat a little faster? I had that exact feeling when I was getting ready to enter Dinosaurs in the Desert, the new exhibit at the Phoenix Zoo and was greeted by…

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Irwin Sheinbein: Riding on wheels of love

Irwin Sheinbein is no stranger to community service. His family has been involved with the Phoenix Hebrew Academy since its inception in 1964, and Irwin has held positions on various boards, Federation committees, and has both raised funds and participated in the Bike-a-Thon for Yeshiva High School. There is another bike ride that he has…

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Holiday help for seniors

The Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Annual Holiday Program not only offers help for families in need, but it also assists seniors in the community. The seniors that will be helped by the program are all receiving services through JFCS. All of the services that JFCS provides seniors – whether it be counseling, case management,…

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