Articles by Mala Blomquist


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2017 Cohon Award Nominations

September 1st is the deadline to submit your nomination for the winner of the 2017 Cohon Award. The Cohon Award was established by the children and grandchildren of Rabbi Samuel S. and A. Irma Cohon and awards are presented annually to individuals for accomplishments that benefit Klal Yisroel – the entire Jewish people. Achievements will…



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Let the Maccabiah Games begin

More than 9,000 athletes from 85 countries are expected to participate in the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel, held July 4-18. The opening ceremony, touted to be the biggest one yet, will be held July 6 at the Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem. This year the host city is Jerusalem, but venues hosting a variety…



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Fireworks and Fun

We have compiled a list of places around the Valley and in Tucson where you can enjoy the 4th of July festivities with your family and friends. Click here to see editor Mala Blomquist talking about some of these events on Arizona Midday! AROUND THE VALLEY Independence Day Celebration (Sat. July 1). Fireworks at 9…



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Biz Ins and Outs – June 2017

JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER PHOENIX ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND CHAIR The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix elected attorney Robert Roos as its new chair, in addition to two new board members and a new slate of officers at its annual meeting held on May 15. Robert is a partner in the law…



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Splashin’ Summer Fun

Remember one of the best parts of summer as a kid was running through the sprinkler? The modern version of that experience is the splash pad. You can let the kids cool off (or join them!) without having to find a pool. Enjoy! Check on one of the websites below to find a park with…



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“The Wedding Plan” is for believers

Rama Burshtein’s film, “The Wedding Plan” has received excellent reviews after making its American debut in New York on May 12. This is the second production for Rama after her first film “Fill the Void,” which came out in 2012. The movie follows Michal (Noa Kooler), an Orthodox Jewish woman, who is finally looking forward…



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Kristy Morcom: Discovering Judaism through genetics

Genes are tricky. They affect everything from your blood type to intelligence. More and more companies are offering genetic testing for everyday consumers to trace their ancestry and their vulnerability to specific diseases. Most days you don’t give genetics much thought. That is unless you are Kristy Morcom, who found out she was BRCA1 positive…



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Vitani: A real, ready-to-drink martini

Eric and Jackie Gichner enjoy a good martini, but when they went looking for a pre-made, premium vodka-based version at the store, they soon realized such a beverage didn’t exist. “There was nothing on the shelves that was a ‘true’ cocktail like you would get from a bartender,” explains Jackie. “They were all either malts…



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