Articles by Mala Blomquist


Israel Philharmonic Presents Pre-Hanukkah Global Celebration

On December 6, American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) and the Israel Philharmonic Foundation will premiere the “Israel Philharmonic Pre-Hanukkah Global Celebration,” a multi-disciplinary program of instrumental performances, behind-the-scenes interviews, and powerful messages of hope. The event will stream internationally, free of charge, to bring music and holiday light from Israel’s world-class Philharmonic…


Birthright Israel announces Arianna Huffington as Keynote Speaker for Nov. 8 Event

Birthright Israel, the largest provider of cultural trips in the world, announces that Thrive Global Founder and CEO and international media mogul Arianna Huffington will participate in a keynote on entrepreneurship and the importance of building resilience and prioritizing well-being at the 2020 Excelerate Summit on Sunday, November 8. The online event kicks off the ten-year anniversary…


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…


Oregon Hillel – Using Jewish Values to Build Community

Photo: Andy Gitelson, executive director of The Oregon Hillel Foundation prepares meals for students. Starting college is both an exciting and daunting process under normal circumstances, but this year’s college freshmen are facing challenges never before seen by universities. Andy Gitelson, executive director of The Oregon Hillel Foundation, is also adapting to these challenges. “How…


The Waldorf’s wondrous sukkah

Right after Yom Kippur is over, Jews throughout Israel and the rest of the world busy themselves building temporary “huts” called sukkot (plural; the singular is sukkah). The sukkah can range from a basic design decorated with posters and paper chains to more elaborate structures adorned with draperies and chandeliers. Most of the requirements for…

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