Fran Ostendorf
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As you read this column, we’ll be on the other side of what the National Weather Service predicted could be a “storm of historic proportions.” For most of us, that really didn’t happen, did it? On Sunday, a blizzard was predicted for … more
We are a community of diverse viewpoints. I see that on a daily basis. Democrat, Republican, Right, Left, Liberal, Conservative, Zionist and everything in between. I would venture to guess that if you are taking the time to read this … more
As we turn the calendar from December to January and move on to 2015, is change on your mind? Are you thinking about making a few resolutions? We live in a world that mixes secular with religious. So if you made your resolutions before the … more
I wasn’t fortunate enough to have known Lila Sapinsley. But I wish I had. Certainly the tributes that I’ve heard in the last week have painted a picture of a strong advocate for women, a caring mentor for girls and a wonderful member of our … more
After all the cooking and eating and visiting with family during the Thanksgiving holiday, I returned to the office to tackle the to-do lists. But, I realized that my thoughts are still turning to food. Why? Suddenly, I’m receiving – and hearing … more
At some point in the last couple of weeks, someone called our office asking, “Do Jews celebrate Thanksgiving?” I found this question surprising. Remember the fuss last year over Thanksgivukkah when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fell at the same … more
I’m not easily impressed. Call me a cynic; maybe that’s the traditional journalist in me. It takes a lot for me to say, “Wow, that’s impressive,” let alone be inspired. However, I was truly inspired last week when I saw the list of … more
Life is about making choices. Anybody who knows me has certainly heard me say that often. My kids would tell you they hear it all too often. But with each choice we grow a little bit. It helps us become the person we are today. And it doesn’t … more
When I was growing up, I remember those discussions after services during the High Holy Days. The conversation inevitably turned to the rabbi’s message. What was it? Did you like it? Did you agree … or disagree? Was it too political; not … more
New Year’s greetings from The Jewish Voice staff! We wish all our faithful readers a healthy and sweet year. You’re reading an issue dated Sept. 26. How did that happen when we were supposed to be in shul? Well, as some of you know, the … more
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