Articles by Mala Blomquist


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It’s not Hanukkah without the sufganiyot

Hanukkah starts at sundown on Dec. 2, but it’s been sufganiyot season in Israel for the past several weeks. Israelis consume an estimated 24 million of these deep-fried, jelly-filled holiday treats in the weeks leading up to the Festival of Lights. But where did this tradition of eating jelly doughnuts on Hanukkah originate? For centuries,…

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The benefits of knitting

When I think of knitting, I think of my mom. She had a blue knitting basket where she stored her different-sized knitting needles and colorful balls of yarn. When I did a little research on the hobby, I found numerous mental and physical benefits for knitters. Maybe that’s why so many mothers and grandmothers knit!…

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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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Bar and Bat Mitzvah Trends for 2018-19

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 see what some of the hottest trends happening in celebrations for 2018 are. We are happy to…

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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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Larry King: Still reigning strong

Larry King turns 85 on Nov. 19, and his career in front of a microphone turns 61 on May 1. He has conducted more than 50,000 interviews – getting to know the thoughts of athletes, movie stars, musicians, millionaires, politicians and presidents all while wearing his iconic suspenders. “I just always wanted to be in…

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Women and Philanthropy

WOMEN WHO LEAD: CAROL DANISH MIA BIRK LAUREN GOLDSTEIN ELAURA RIFKIN GERBER JUDY EREL LAURIE LEBOWSKY CHERYL COON MONICA BRENNER LAURIE SONNENFELD The momentum from the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements sheds light on women’s issues such as safe and equal work environments and has forced change. But there is another movement happening where women are…

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