Fran Ostendorf
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I recently celebrated a milestone birthday. Those who know me personally know  which one it is.  For those of you who don’t, you’ll just have to guess as I’m not revealing which milestone I’ve achieved. Suffice it to … more
A recent conversation between adult members of my family made me realize the impact of camp on multiple generations. The conversation went something like this: Question: Why didn’t I go to Jewish camp? Answer: Nobody ever considered … more
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the weather again. But this time, the topic centers on what a mild winter we’ve had so far. One year ago, I was writing this column from my home office. The weather was awful; the snow piling up. A … more
Recently, I’ve been asked many questions about letters to the editor and contributors’ columns (op-eds). We love when our readers take enough interest in our content to write to us. We also love getting feedback, and we value the diverse … more
For as long as I can remember, wherever I have lived, there have been bird feeders in my backyard. My current home is no exception. Backyard birds have always been a source of endless fascination. You start to recognize their songs and their … more
For more than 30 years, at this time of year, my husband and I have traveled to visit his family in Chicago. It hasn’t mattered where we’ve lived, what our work or financial state. I’ve been pregnant; children have been sick. We’ve gone. The … more
When I was working at daily newspapers, we used to have an unspoken competition to see who would write the first “ ‘Tis the season’ ” headline. Trite and predictable, nonetheless, in a headline writer’s world it was one of those … more
A lot has happened in the world since the last issue of The Jewish Voice. Right around the time our community here was celebrating Shabbat, terrible things were happening in Paris. The aftermath of those attacks was horrible. More than 100 killed … more
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday whose origin is entwined with the very roots of our country. Even its centerpiece at the holiday table – the turkey – is native to North America.   Most Americans, no matter their … more
Hate is a horrible thing. It touches all communities – anywhere that there are people who are perceived as “different.” It’s been around for as long as there have been people who think that theirs is the only way of thinking. … more
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