Articles by Mala Blomquist


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How do you spell it?

Hanukkah, Chanukah, Hanukah, Chanukkah, Hanukka, Chanukka. During a recent Google search for the word “Hanukkah,” I found more than 15 variations on how to spell the Festival of Lights. Every year when we are working on the issue that includes Hanukkah, we go back and forth between spelling it Hanukkah or Chanukah. The only easy…

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Tikkun Olam Top Ten

In 2019, we published our first “Tikkun Olam Top Ten.” We are continuing the tradition with what we intend to be an annual homage to the people in our community who embrace the true meaning of tikkun olam and work to make the world a better place. These are people who, outside of their professional…

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Chai on Challah

Although the word challah simply means “loaf” in Hebrew, there is no food more associated with Jewish ritual and tradition than the challah. And based on Instagram photos, the baking craze that has swept the nation during the quarantine shows that home bakers are working on more than sourdough starter. Whether sweet or savory, we…

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Temple Kol Ami receives a rabbi for life

Photo: Rabbi Jeremy Schneider, RJE. The congregants of Temple Kol Ami received a surprise announcement from the President of the Leadership Board of Trustees, Russ Palay, during his “state of the temple” address on Rosh Hashanah. Russ announced that Rabbi Jeremy Schneider, RJE, had been awarded a lifetime contract by the temple. The announcement was…

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A Music Man’s Memoir

Photos courtesy All Exce$$ Occupation: Concert Promoter. Danny Zelisko, an icon in the entertainment industry who has worked as a concert promotor for almost half a century, has filled a book with stories and never-before-seen photos of his memorable career covering more than 12,000 events. He began working on All Exce$$ Occupation: Concert Promoter in…

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