Fran’s Voice

Bloggings from Fran Gordon, our Founder.

  • Of 8, 18 and 118 — An Activist Reflects on Rosh Hodesh Av 5777

    As dusk descends on the Upper West Side, I reflect upon this last remarkable week.  Last Tuesday, I was with over 400 Jews singing Jewish music of all sorts at the North American Jewish Choral Festival in Kerhonkson, New York.  The Festival, sponsored by...

  • Seven Years of Sacred Rights, Sacred Song – The Tale of An Activist’s Odyssey

    Exactly seven years ago, newly separated from my husband of twenty-one years, I flew to Israel to begin life anew. Little did I know that the events of the final morning of my stay in our family home would set this reluctant feminist on...

  • Of Shimon, Shilo and the Spirit of ’76

    Has it only been one week since Shimon Peres, our last link to the generation of Israel’s Founders, was buried on Har Herzl? How fitting that the world said goodbye to Shimon Peres in the waning days of 5776. How remarkable that representatives from...

  • Of Vines, Webs, Walls and Words – Fran’s Times of Israel blog on 9/11

    This 8th day of Elul, 5776, corresponding to the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, finds me in bucolic Beachwood, Ohio. Taking advantage of the beautiful late summer weather, I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors, untangling the vines as...

  • Of Purim, Puzzles and AIPAC

    This day after Purim 5776 finds me in my New York home, reveling in the colors and sounds of early spring. Not only I am immersed in the miracle of spring outside, I also found myself intoxicated by the picture of spring being created...

  • Blowin’ in the Wind – in memory of Ezra Schwartz and Taylor Force

    It is a magnificent day in New York City today yet a horrific day for those who care about decency in that part of the world where Sacred Narratives tell us decency was born. Last fall, those of us who sent our children on...

  • The Case of Rebbetzin Renee Rabinowitz

    On my most recent flight back from Israel, I watched an old classic, Forrest Gump. As contemporary American history reeled before me through the life experiences of this simple everyman, I chuckled at how, once again, like Forrest Gump, I was a participant/observer to...

  • Martin Luther King, Monsey and 17D

    Two weeks ago, I flew to Israel via United Airlines to spend a week with my daughters, son-in-law and granddaughters. I have been going back and forth from my homes in the United States to my home in Jerusalem for over twenty-five years, but this was...

  • I Want My Children to “Have A Nice Life” – a response to Tom Friedman

    Over the years of my Israel activism, I have come to appreciate the observations and insights of New York Times columnist Tom Friedman. While I know there are those who think he is not fair to Israel, I disagree. He speaks hard truths grounded...

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  • Call for the Revolt of the Moderates

    After the two incidents of Jewish terrorism within the Jewish State, it is more urgent than ever to call for The Revolt of the Moderates. Wherever we look, we see situations that are out of control. We see fear and mistrust and...