Articles by Mala Blomquist


Camp Kesher – making Judaism fun for kids

Photo: Camp Kesher’s 2019 campers. Camp Kesher is the newest overnight camp serving Jewish kids in Oregon and Washington. Its first week-long camp was held in 2019 at a lodge on Mount Hood. This year the 12-day camp will be located at Camp Lacamas near Lake Lacamas in Camas, WA. “This place is better for…


Wedding dress trends for the new decade

New decades always bring new fashion trends, and wedding dresses are no exception. Bridal Fashion Week happened in New York in October 2019, and those designs are emerging from the runway for those brides planning a 2020 wedding. There are six fundamental wedding gown style silhouettes: empire, A-line, ball gown, trumpet, sheath and mermaid. But…


Chocolate Fondue

There may be no dessert that says, “I love you” more than chocolate fondue. Fondue is versatile enough to be a romantic dessert for two or a fun time for the whole family. The best part is that you get to linger, talk and genuinely enjoy the food and the people around you. If you…


Yom Limmud: A day of learning for educators

The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland hosted Yom Limmud, Annual Day of Jewish Educators on Jan. 19, 2020. In 2019, Portland hosted the NewCAJE professional development conference for Jewish educators at Reed College on July 28-31. That event drew 394 Jewish Educators from 254 schools for four days of learning, laughter, singing, networking, praying and…

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