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After watching the PBS documentary Freedom Summer in June, Anne Rooney and her husband, Rich Means, felt compelled to do something to make others aware that 50 years ago people had died in the struggle to register voters in Mississippi and to alert their friends and neighbors that the gains made a year later in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were now being eroded.
Rosh Hashanah, New Year's Day in the Jewish calendar, began at sundown last Wednesday. Oak Park Temple members who came to the family service at 6:30 p.m. or the Ma'ariv service at 8 p.m. likely greeted each other with "shanah tovah," a friendly, light-hearted greeting similar to saying "Happy New Year" on Jan. 1.