Articles by Mala Blomquist


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Educating in the era of COVID-19

There’s no doubt that next to frontline workers, teachers have had the most challenging year of their professional lives, having to shift from in-person to online learning in the blink of an eye. Still, teachers being the optimists they often are, rolled up their sleeves and soldiered on. We posed some questions to Valley teachers…

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Join Limmud AZ’s virtual day of Jewish learning

Photo: Janette Silverman, Laura Geller, LaNitra Berger and David Singer will all be speakers at Limmud AZ Virtual Day of Jewish Learning. “Just because we can’t gather in person doesn’t mean we can’t learn together!” is the opening line on Limmud AZ’s event information page. The annual day-long event of Jewish learning usually attracts hundreds…

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Cuisine done light

Between the holidays and COVID-19, there may be more reasons to push the restart button on healthy eating for 2021. Since we still can’t physically travel, these recipes will give your tastebuds a culinary journey without the guilt! CHICKEN TACO SOUP This healthy chicken taco soup gives you all the flavor of a taco in…

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Merry Erev Xmas!

What are you doing on Christmas Eve? When you’re Jewish, the answer is usually Chinese food, a movie, gathering with friends, or all three. But this year, being 2020, those options aren’t even available. Luckily comedian Elon Gold and some very special guests are performing their annual Merry Erev Xmas show virtually for all of…

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Until it happens to you…

Photo courtesy ABC 15. Before the pandemic stay-at-home orders became commonplace in our community, I didn’t leave the house. The place that I consider my sanctuary, my home, became a place where I was unsure of my own safety. On the night of Jan. 25, 2020, Johnny Roman Garza, as part of a conspiracy planned…

The sweet history of Jews and doughnuts

Photo: As the popularity of the doughnut increased, Adolph Levitt opened a donut shop on Times Square, where people would stop and watch his new invention churn out donuts, often stopping traffic. During Hanukkah, doughnuts or sufganiyot are a traditional food to eat. The deep-fried dessert is symbolically prepared to remind us of the miracle…

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