Articles by Mala Blomquist


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Passover 2021 – Here we go again

The best-known quote from the Pesach Haggadah is, “why is this night different from all other nights?” Last year, this quote took on a whole new meaning with the onset of the pandemic and the realization that most of us would be having a virtual seder. This year, unless everyone in your group has been…

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Gugulethu Moyo: In pursuit of justice

One might question how a girl that grew up in Zimbabwe, earned a law degree from Oxford and married a diplomat, ended up in Tucson, becoming the executive director of the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center. But the answers unfold when you hear Gugulethu “Gugu” Moyo share her incredible journey, and you understand…

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Mt. Sinai: A diamond in the desert

Nestled amid the xeriscape of northeast Phoenix sits “a diamond in the desert,” as Ira Mann, general manager, refers to Mt. Sinai Cemetery. The cemetery opened in 2005, and they are currently in the planning stages for the next 30 years. Mt. Sinai owns more than 30 acres of the land surrounding it and is…

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Haggadah history

Photo: A family sits down to the seder in the Sarajevo Haggadah. (COURTESY OF NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA.) It’s always there, printed or photocopied, and as much a part of the Passover Seder as wine, bitter herbs and matzah – but have you ever thought of the origins of the Haggadah? The first-ever…

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Celebrate the Art of Aging

Through the Wise Aging program, participants explore the joys, possibilities and challenges of growing older in small classes that last between six to nine weeks. These classes cover a broad spectrum of aging issues, such as difficulty losing a spouse, first-time grandparenting, dealing with aging parents, and redefining life after a lifetime of working. Wise…

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SCC to host Genocide Awareness Week one last time

Photo: painting by artist Robert Sutz April is Genocide Prevention and Awareness Month, and Scottsdale Community College will once again present its Genocide Awareness Week conference. This event “seeks to address how we, as a global society, confront violent actions and current and ongoing threats of genocide throughout the world, while also looking to the…

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Let’s Get Bageled!

Photo: A family with Temple Emanuel of Tempe after they were “bageled.” There have been many creative ways that synagogues have come up to help their members feel connected during the pandemic. Temple Emanuel of Tempe has a unique (and tasty) way to make sure their members know that they are thinking about them. The…

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Meet the (unofficial) Mayor of Jackson Heights

Cary Silverstein’s latest book, The Mayor of Jackson Heights: Growing Up Jewish in New York in the 1950s, is an homage to his hometown of Jackson Heights, NY, a diverse neighborhood in the shadow of LaGuardia Airport that was once called “Manhattan’s Bedroom.” In his book, Cary shares stories of his youth, family and why…

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