Fran Ostendorf
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I’ll let you in on a secret: I always feel a little wistful at the end of August. Summer is about over and nights are already cooler. Stores are advertising back-to-school items instead of … more
In the middle of summer, the last thing we really want to think about is responsibility. But that’s exactly what I’ve been mulling over lately. I guess it is part of being an adult. We … more
It’s been a stressful week or so for those who like to keep up to date with the news, no matter how you like to consume that news. Lots of controversy in Congress, the Supreme Court and on … more
Like everyone else I know, I was totally horrified by the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. And the one barely two weeks earlier, at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York. And the shooting … more
I spent a beautiful and enriching weekend in Connecticut recently, kvelling as my niece led a full congregation in worship as a Bat Mitzvah. No matter that Rosie is 15, the rabbi told us. She had … more
Much is going on in the world around us. And in this issue of Jewish Rhode Island, which focuses on Passover and celebrates freedom, I can’t help but look at what’s happening in the world … more
Like many of you, I have been glued to coverage of the war in Ukraine – in print, online and on TV. Yes, I have my favorite media outlets. But I tend to flip from one to another during this … more
As I sit down to write this column, Rhode Island is in the midst of a blizzard, the first in a number of years. The pre-storm hype had whipped our friends and neighbors into a frenzy. Grocery … more
Putting together the January newspaper presents a time to look back and think ahead. What a year it was. What a year we hope it will be! In 2021, we had a roller-coaster of ups and downs. That new … more
Have you listened to the first podcasts from Jewish Rhody Media? It’s a terrific series on leadership called Chutzpah! There’s a new episode every other Thursday, featuring Adam Greenman, … more
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