Fran Ostendorf
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The Boston Jewish Food conference last Sunday provided an opportunity to learn about food insecurity, food injustice and general issues surrounding food and community. A full day of workshops … more
Each time we put out a paper, we try to strike a delicate balance. How do we include all the many viewpoints and members of our community?  Despite our singular-sounding name, we are not … more
Well, dear readers, you’ve done it again. Welcome to our pet edition, featuring a record number of your pet photos. We love seeing these photos. And from the response to our requests for … more
Last week, we finally had a couple of warm days.  On the day this paper comes out, it’s predicted to be near 80 degrees. Today, as I write this, the heat keeps going on in my house. … more
It’s spring! Flowers are popping up. Days are warming up. That can only mean one thing: The Jewish Voice’s annual Patron Campaign is underway. Not what you thought I was going to … more
I’ve learned a number of lessons since my last column. None of them are particularly deep or life changing, but I think each time you learn something, you advance a little. So I thought … more
A reader recently wrote asking why The Voice didn’t report on the five Jewish victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting on Feb. 14.

He was distressed that the Jews in this tragedy received no special mention in our Rhode Island community newspaper.

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  Were you sorry to see the Olympics go? Or were you ready for it to be over? There seem to be two camps. First, there’s those who obsessively watched the Olympics coverage. Ski … more
I’m not one to worry about falling. I try to walk at a quick pace – hampered only by fairly short legs – eyes ahead, head held high. No shuffling here. So when I found myself … more
If you follow the news like I do, you know it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Just when I didn’t think it could get any more intense, we were hit with more rapid-fire … more
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