Articles by Mala Blomquist


A New-Fashioned 4th of July

The Fourth of July is one of those summer holidays synonymous with large crowds gathering to swim, eat and watch fireworks. Unfortunately, this year due to COVID-19 those celebrations look a little different. Most of the region’s popular Fourth of July events have been canceled due to virus concerns and restrictions on large gatherings. You…


A gap year alternative in Portland

PHOTO: The Tivnu cohort from 2017. The Tivnu Gap Year is nine months of hands-on Jewish social justice engagement. Participants create a community living together, discovering the Pacific Northwest, and exploring the bond between Jewish life and social justice while working with Portland’s cutting-edge grassroots organizations. Tivnu usually has 9-10 participants for their gap year…


All Day Alba: Fashionwear that builds confidence

All Day Alba was created by a powerful duo: Milan-born martial artist, Rachel Katzin, and American entrepreneur, Brielle Mayberg. These two women have produced a line of “fashionwear” that is both comfortable and sophisticated, building a “relaxed confidence” for the wearer.   How did the two of you meet? Brielle: We met completely by chance –…

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