Fran Ostendorf
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It is remarkable how seemingly disparate groups can blend together in some situations. I attended a couple of family events recently that really made me realize how magical this blending can be. … more
Getting tired of the heat and humidity of this June and July? Have you changed your routine due to the hottest-ever July? Are you spending time reminiscing about those New England summers … more
My Jewish journey is why I do what I do. I’ve always believed in the importance of getting along with our community. No matter what our political viewpoints, we are all Jews, right? … more
We are living in highly-charged, tense times. I have watched as Americans, and even members of our local Jewish community, have become stratified. Left. Right. Far left. Far right. Pro this. Anti … more
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Spring is the season of freedom. We read about it in our Passover Haggadah as we tell the story of how the Jews fled Egypt to escape slavery. We are blessed to live in a land where free speech … more
I had an opportunity to get a glimpse into the future recently. And the outlook is pretty rosy. I went with a group of Jewish teens from Connecticut to a seminar on social justice. These young … more
There’s a joke in my family. Whenever something happens that I can’t remember or wasn’t a participant in, I must have been at camp. Bad stuff happened? Couldn’t have … more
In December, I went to a much-anticipated family wedding. It was a chance for relatives of all ages on my mother’s side to reconnect. For some, it had been years since we had seen one … more
It seems like we could all use a little more light in our lives right now. Light gives us joy. It opens our eyes to the world around us and cancels the darkness. And there sure is a lot of … more
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