Fran Ostendorf
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I am reminded at Hanukkah of the importance of light. Each night we add another candle to the hanukkiah, and it glows more brightly, whether you place it in your window or on a table in your … more
Change is coming to The Jewish Voice. Beginning in January, your community newspaper will switch to a monthly format, while upgrading the website and adding a monthly email newsletter. In … more
Pittsburgh has a strong draw on its natives and anyone who has spent much time in the city once known for its steel mills. We’ve learned about this in the past few weeks as people … more
When I was offered the job as editor of the Jewish Voice, about four and a half years ago, I knew that writing a column came with the territory. I was an avid reader of the editor’s … more
We’re now on the other side of the High Holy Days, and we are starting to settle back into our normal routines again. However you celebrate, you’ve had at least a day or two, or many … more
I have the opportunity to see a lot of good work being done in our community. And much of that work is done by many, many volunteers. Whether they are helping out at a community Mitzvah Day, … more
The world has lost some very inspiring figures in the last few weeks. Neil Simon. Aretha Franklin. John McCain. The older I get, the more these kinds of losses give me pause. But the very … more
The heat and humidity remain, but the calendar says late August, and that can only mean summer is winding down. There are still plenty of days left for outdoor activities, but only a few more … more
I have a confession to make. I am slightly obsessed with sticky notes. You know, those little pieces of paper that come in a variety of colors and shapes and have a thin strip of adhesive on the … more
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
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