Fran Ostendorf
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The holidays often start with food. It brings us together to share bread and conversation and memories. My inbox has as many emails concerning seasonal food as it does those explaining customs, … more
I love this time of year. The holidays signal the change of seasons, as do warm days and cool nights. A certain rhythm returns to daily life after a summer filled with long days, vacations and all … more
This is the season of new beginnings. Before you know it, the year will change and it will be 5777. The days leading up to that change are a time to do a little reflecting on life. I recently … more
Are you weary of the political campaign? Many people are. But just as many seem to relish the national debate, as down and dirty as it may get. It feels as if the country has been embroiled … more
Those lazy days of summer really are hazy this year.  Seems like we’ve been suffering with the infamous Triple H – hazy, hot and humid – for days now. And while I’m not … more
I am often asked by readers about my summer plans. After all, The Voice takes a publishing break during July. Usually, I avoid the question. The paper may be “on vacation,” … more
Five years ago, then-editor of The Jewish Voice Nancy Kirsch wrote a moving editor’s column about the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings. Her column came to mind after … more
I’m a worrier. You name it, I worry about it. Honestly, if there isn’t something to worry about in my life, I will find something. Or, I can find something in yours. I want to say this … more
The last few weeks have featured a number of important commemorations in the Jewish calendar.  Yom ha-Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) was followed by Yom ha-Zikaron (Day of Remembrance for the … more
The editor of this small newspaper finds herself in the position of doing many jobs she never dreamed of as a young, inexperienced and naïve journalism school student. When you start out at … more
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