Articles by Mala Blomquist


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Education Advocates push back after Rosh Hashanah is Chosen as 1st day of Next School Year

  In this file photo from 2010, Cantor Deborah Bletstein rehearses with the choir at Neveh Shalom synagogue in Southwest Portland for High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. (Photo by Torsten Kjellstrand / The Oregonian) By Lee Ann Moyer | Special to The Oregonian/OregonLive Residents of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, supported…

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Haggadah history

  Photo: A family sits down to the seder in the Sarajevo Haggadah. (COURTESY OF NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA.) It’s always there, printed or photocopied, and as much a part of the Passover Seder as wine, bitter herbs and matzah – but have you ever thought of the origins of the Haggadah? The…

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Educating in the era of COVID-19

There’s no doubt that next to frontline workers, teachers have had the most challenging year of their professional lives, having to shift from in-person to online learning in the blink of an eye. Still, teachers being the optimists they often are, rolled up their sleeves and soldiered on. We posed some questions to teachers about…