Articles by Mala Blomquist


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…


Biz Ins – January 2020

Sterling Talent, Inc. and J-Fell Presents merge booking operations Sterling Talent, Inc., a Portland-based full-service talent agency founded in 1982, is merging booking operations with J-Fell Presents, a prolific booker and promoter of tribute and cover bands, effective January 1, 2020. The combined talent agency will operate under the name Sterling Talent, Inc., while J-Fell…


Get Gardening!

Gardening is a pleasurable pastime for many. If you have not picked up the shovel in years, or want to start enjoying the great outdoors more, give gardening a try. There are also a host of health benefits associated with playing in the dirt. Boosts brain health.  The process of gardening involves numerous brain functions,…


Tikkun Olam Top 10

Whether they are called unsung heroes, influencers, or change makers, there are certain people in the community who seem to make a difference in everything with which they become involved. People are drawn to their confident energy and the positive impact they create. Tikkun olam is defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or…


Include marshmallows at your mitzvah

Most of us were introduced to marshmallows around a campfire when someone handed us a decadent treat with the fluffy white confection sandwiched between golden graham crackers with melted chocolate oozing out – behold the s’more. Today, gourmet marshmallows are popping up as party favors and at candy stations at bar and bat mitzvahs across…


Get your duds delivered!

SUBSCRIPTION CLOTHING BOXES ARE ALL THE RAGE Do you hate to go clothes shopping? Did you know that you can have clothing and accessories delivered to your door each month that have been custom picked for you by a stylist? It’s true! Today you can get monthly subscription boxes filled with makeup, books, food, pet…

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