Fran Ostendorf
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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
Everyone I know has a bucket list. I have to admit, I have a small one. It’s  perhaps not as extensive as some of my peers. I’ve kept my list small so it will be manageable. It’s especially focused on New England. At one time, … more
A walk in the woods. A stroll on an empty beach. A ride out of town to get pumpkins. An afternoon spent picking apples. The next afternoon making applesauce. Fall has always been my favorite season. I was the kid who always liked to go back … more
There’s a hefty insert in today’s paper. We’re welcoming 5776 at The Voice with our popular Guide to Jewish Living. When you picked up your paper, you probably noticed the annual guide to all things Jewish in Rhode Island and Southeastern … more
Introspection is such a difficult concept. What does it really mean? According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, it’s a noun meaning the examination of your own thoughts or feelings. Not too complicated; easy to understand, right? … more
When I started as editor of The Voice, there was a small staff already in place. Leah Camara had years of experience working for the Federation, and then moving to The Voice where she has been in charge of layout and design. For me, her knowledge of … more
What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, we were planning an issue filled with news from Israel: Operation Protective Edge was underway. Despite the international nature of the story, our coverage was personal and local. There was … more
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