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Letter: Remembering the News-Sentinel’s Ross Farrow

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Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014 12:00 am

In the spring of 2003, I entered the offices of the News-Sentinel to ask if they would publish a notice about a worship service taking place on the First Day of Unleavened Bread. The secretary called the religion editor Ross Farrow, who was close by, and Ross interviewed me.

He couldn’t believe that there were Jews who believed that Jesus was the Messiah. He said, “You’re Jewish and you believe in Jesus?” He was very excited as he interviewed me.

The next Saturday, a large article appeared in the Religion section of the paper. On the Last Day of Unleavened Bread, a News-Sentinel photographer showed up at our service and took pictures. Ross appeared later and interviewed several people. The next Saturday, there was another article about our little group as well as a photo.

Ross seemed to hunger for things that were different. He phoned me several times with questions regarding Judaism and Jewish beliefs. I was included with other religious leaders in Lodi when Ross was writing an article.

The last time I saw Ross was last year at the bicycle races in Downtown Lodi. It was different, and Ross was there covering it for the News-Sentinel. Ross was a good reporter, an interesting character and a friend.

Cliff Shirk


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