Articles by Mala Blomquist


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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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Facing a gray divorce

We are all used to the saying, “50% of marriages end in divorce,” but recent research pins the figure between 42-45%. The main contributing factor seems to be that fewer people are getting married. Many are opting to live together instead of tying the knot. There is one demographic, however, where divorce rates seem to…

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Marc Prowisor and EJ Kimball visit the Valley

Pictured above: Marc Prowisor is security project director of One Israel Fund. These two men are coming to the Valley in October to share their different perspectives, but similar passions, regarding the nation of Israel. ONE ISRAEL FUND Marc Prowisor is a security expert living in Israel’s Shiloh Region and has worked for the past…

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Guzmans honored at Gala

Pictured above: Susan and Nestor Guzman The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will honor Susan and Nestor Guzman with the 2018 Heritage Award. The Heritage Award is presented to individuals who have made an exceptional impact on our community through outstanding leadership, service and dedication. Together, this couple has enriched the Valley with over four decades…

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Honey: How sweet it (really) is

Honey is a symbolic food eaten at Rosh Hashanah in hopes for a sweet new year. In Arizona, there are hives producing this sweet, liquid gold across the state, from Coconino to Cochise counties. Honey bees in Arizona retrieve their nectar from a wide range of blossoms including citrus and mesquite trees, desert wildflowers and…

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Resource Guide 2018-2019: Agencies & Organizations

PRESCOTT JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER PRESCOTT PO Box 2684, Prescott 928-771-3737 jcfgp.org TUCSON BRANDEIS NATIONAL COMMITTEE – TUCSON CHAPTER 3825 N. Oracle Road, Tucson 520-747-3224 tucsonbnc.org CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF TUCSON HEADQUARTERS 2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson Mail: 2411 E. Elm St., Tucson 520-881-7956 chabadtucson.com HADASSAH SOUTHERN ARIZONA 520-505-4500 facebook.com/hadassahsouthernarizona HEBREW FREE LOAN ASSOCIATION OF…

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A rally for the children

Pictured above: Protesters and counter-protesters cross the street to Senator Flake’s office after spending time in front of Senator McCain’s office. The invitation came to my email on Monday. The subject line read, “Press Conference Re: Separating Children from their Families.” In the email were details to meet in front of Senator McCain’s office on…

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A father’s gift to his community

Pictured above: Children on the music playground at the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund campus. David Rubin made aliyah 26 years ago from Brooklyn, NY. He says his decision to move to Israel came “out of idealism” and his entrancement with the biblical history of the region. He initially lived in Jerusalem and within a short…

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