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
Each Thanksgiving, my family uses our time around the dinner table to say a few words about gratitude. There are only a couple of times each year that the extended family comes together so it’s … 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.

The following column ran Jan. 8, 2016. It’s one of my favorites and is as true today as it was then. We still fill multiple feeders no matter the weather. Our cat, now a gray tiger-stripped … 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
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
  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
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