Articles by Mala Blomquist


Shabbat Project Arizona

Shabbat Project Arizona, part of the Worldwide Shabbat Project, is in its 5th year in Arizona and is expanding out to more areas of the Valley. The theme of this year’s Shabbat Project is “Stop Doing. Start Being.” Built into the fabric of our Jewish life is to take just one day; Shabbat and just…


Weekend Happenings for Oct. 12-14

Photo courtesy Schnepf Farms. Editor Mala Blomquist’s top picks for weekend fun around the Valley. Get scared! 13th Floor Haunted House (Oct. 12-31). Times vary. $27.99 & up. Two haunted attraction walkthroughs for one all-inclusive price. An intense, graphic, theatrical show that will take you on a gut wrenching ride of visceral thrills and psychological…


Bar & Bat Mitzvahs – Trending now

Planning for a bar or bat mitzvah can become practically a full-time job with all of the decisions that need to be made from the venue to the favors. We searched party planning sites, Pinterest and blogs to find some of the hottest trends in celebrations for 2018. We are happy to share them with…


Survivor’s reunion in Paris

Pictured above: Charlotte with her brother, Max, find their mother’s name on the Wall of Names at the Shoah Memorial (Memorial de la Shoah) in France. Charlotte Adelman says her father, Hershel, had a talent to “foresee things.” The one thing he did not foresee was what would happen to his family in Paris in…


Survivor’s reunion in Paris – part deux

Pictured above: Charlotte Adelman with Alain Quatreville. On July 7, Charlotte Adelman set out on a remarkable journey to Paris, France to be reunited with the son of the family that hid her during the Holocaust (for more on that story click here). She traveled with members of her family including her daughter and son-in-law,…


Uncovering a family secret

Pictured above: Allison embraces her new found siblings, Victoria Yegehiaian and Mark Beekman. Imagine checking your Facebook messages and discovering a note from a woman who claimed to be your long-lost sister, yet you know you grew up an only child. What would you think? That exact situation happened to Rabbi Allison Lawton almost seven…

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