Fran Ostendorf
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A couple of years ago, I wrote about spring cleaning at about this time of year. Actually, when I looked back, the column was mostly about postponing spring cleaning, with a little history … more
What have you been doing this summer? Many people have been traveling. I know that from the photos we’ve received showing smiling readers holding copies of The Jewish Voice. We love those … more
One of the things that makes this job different from most newspaper jobs is the presence of children. Because of the location of our offices at the Dwares Jewish Community Center, we see children of … more
When I took over as editor of The Voice just about three years ago, I found a paper steeped in tradition and well-respected in the community. As I met with people who cared about the … 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
I am surrounded by smart people who are never at a loss for words. Friends, family members, colleagues are all capable speakers with lots of valuable things to say. I, on the other hand, start … 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
It’s hard to know what to make of national and world events since the last Jewish Voice was published. Barcelona, Charlottesville, Turku, Boston. How can I lump these together? Taken … 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
Next year, I may volunteer to be the poster child for the “Get your flu shot” campaign.  This was supposed to be my long-planned spring-break staycation. I was taking a week … more
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