Funeral Service Planned For Sarah Foster, 27

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Feb 172019

Sarah Foster, 27, beloved daughter of Stuart Foster & Laurie Stone passed away on Friday, Feb. 15.
Her funeral will be held tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 18, at 12 noon, at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange.
The Shiva will be observed Monday and Tuesday evenings at Congregation Or Shalom, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
A brief Kaddish service will take place at 7 p.m., both evenings.
Burial Will Be Private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a new foundation to be endowed in her name, the “Sarah Alexis Foster Foundation.” Mail donations to: “Sarah Alexis Foster Foundation, 362 Country Lane, Orange, CT 06477


Sarah Alexis Foster left a mark on the world in many significant ways, though just 27 years old. Tragically, this beautiful soul was abruptly taken from all those who knew and loved her on February 15th.

Sarah’s kind spirit and zest for life attracted people to her. She had a magnetic personality and a smile that would light up any room. A teacher, Sarah loved her work and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students.

For the last four years, Sarah taught 6th-grade social studies at Louis M. Klein Middle School, Harrison Central School District, Harrison NY, where she also coached girls volleyball.

Sarah was born November 17, 1991, in New Haven, CT to Laurie Stone and Stuart M. Foster. She attended Beecher Road School in Woodbridge, CT through 6th grade, and attended Hamden Hall Country Day School, from which she graduated high school in 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Union College in Schenectady, NY graduating in 2014. Thereafter, she attended Union Graduate College where she earned a Master’s degree.

Sarah loved the beach, international travel, history and the excitement of New York City life. She was full of laughter.

She leaves behind her father, Stuart M. Foster, mother, Laurie Stone and stepfather, Jim Gregory, sister and best friend Leah Foster. She also leaves her grandfather, A. Harris “Boey” Stone, his fiancée Leslie Cahill, grandmother Eileen Cowell and her husband Bud Cowell of Hilton Head, SC, her beloved aunt Tanya Lee Stone, cousins, Liza Stone and Jake Stone of S. Burlington, VT. Uncles and aunts, Arnie and Norene Foster, Chris and Stefanie Freeman, cousins Rachel Foster and Jake Grabell, Aly and Chris Plourde, Kyle and Emily, Kris, Samantha, and Alana DuFresne. Her grandparents, Audrey, and Robert Foster predeceased her.

Robert E. Shure & Son Funeral Home, New Haven is in care of arrangements. To sign an online registry book or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.shurefuneralhome.com.

Morning Minyan Canceled

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Jan 302019

Congregation Or Shalom

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road announced that Thursday’s morning Minyan service has been canceled due to the predicted bitter cold and sub-zero wind-chill, along with residual ice that could put members in danger.

They ask that everyone stay warm and safe.

Coffee, Latkes & Learn at Or Shalom on Wednesday

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Dec 042018

Come to Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a Coffee, Latkes & Learn session.

The topic is “Will the Real Hanukah, please stand up?”

The Rabbi hosts a weekly Coffee and Learn event here each week.

Security Will Be Strong At Or Shalom Kristallnacht Program

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Nov 142018

The Or Shalom Men’s Club will host the annual Kristallnacht Program at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m.
This year’s Yellow Candle event honors Joseph DuBois who convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to help rescue thousands of Jews held captive by the Nazis during World War II.
The entire story will be told to all in attendance. Joseph’s son, Robert DuBois, will be among the dignitaries in attendance along with Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Please Note:  
. Security will be checking small bags, small pocketbooks and small backpacks. All other bags will need to be brought back to your car! 
. Our guest speaker’s book will be available for $25.00, check or cash only. 

Coffee & Learn At Or Shalom On Wednesday

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Nov 072018

Congregation Or Shalom

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, begins its Coffee & Learn series again this Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Every Wednesday, beginning on November 7, (please call the office for schedule) Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus teaches an hour-long class focusing on the ancient texts of our heritage and the light they shed on current issues. The class begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 12 noon sharp!
The Opening Topic is: The Tower of Babel & The Election
All are Welcome
Synagogue office: 203 799.2341
website: orshalomct.org

Taylor Gourdier to Receive Scholarship

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Aug 272018

This Friday, August 31, The Or Shalom Social Action Committee will present the Warren Weiswasser Social Action Fund Scholarship to Taylor Gourdier.

Come to Shabbat services at the Orange Town Gazebo at 7 p.m. when Taylor Gourdier will receive the Scholarship.

Taylor is being honored because of her very strong involvement with social action activities since childhood, including raising money for “The Smile Train” by selling flowers and selling hot cocoa for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Taylor also created a group called “The Caroling Kids,” that sang at local nursing homes for four years during holiday time, and she performed on the piano at nursing homes for three years.

Taylor’s more recent social action activities include being a dance mentor for children and teens with special needs, acting as a liaison between the Or Shalom Social Action Committee and the Or Shalom Hebrew School, and volunteering at Relay for Life to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Register Today To Give The Gift Of Life On Wednesday

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Jul 242018

There are certain times of year when blood banks see a shortage in inventory and the only way to replenish the supply is through the generosity of donors. Currently, there is an emergency need for all types of blood.

On Wednesday, July 25, Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

There are requirements one must follow for donating blood:
  • Donation frequency: Every 56 days*
  • You must be in good health and feeling well**
  • You must be at least 16 years old in most states
  • You must weigh at least 110 lbs

Click HERE for more information.

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.
Each presenting donor will receive a FREE SIX FLAGS TICKET, while supplies last

Tisha B’av Programs This Weekend

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Jul 172018

A message from Congregation Or Shalom: 
On Saturday night, July 21, the Jewish world will observe the saddest day in our calendar, the Ninth Day of Av.  Known in Hebrew as Tisha B’Av, it marks the anniversary of the destruction of the ancient State of Israel.
(The scene here depicts the Holy Temple of Jerusalem going up in flames in the year 70, as Roman soldiers carry off the Temple’s golden Menorah.)
For two thousand years, our people tearfully prayed on Tisha B’Av for an end to Jewish homelessness and persecution.
The rebirth of the Jewish State, 70 years ago, however, signaled for many an end to our people’s exile and victimhood.  Modern Jews, therefore, often pray on Tisha B’Av for an end to global cruelty and inhumanity, as well as the advent, at last, of peace in the Holy Land.
Saturday, July 21 Service 9:30 a.m. Kiddush sponsored by Linda Towbin.
Tisha B’av Program followed by service: 8:00 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Jacob, Woodbridge.

Sunday, July 22  Tisha-B’av Service at 9:00 a.m. at Congregation Or Shalom. 

Gather Up Your Gently Used Items For The Congregation Or Shalom Rummage Sale

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Apr 302018

Congregation Or Shalom

Congregation or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange is hosting a Rummage Sale on Thursday, July 12 from 6-8 p.m. and Friday & Sunday, July 13, 15, 20, & 22 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Organizers need you to start collecting clean and usable household items and gently worn clothing for the sale.
A rummage sale committee person will be present at Or Shalom to collect all your items Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and MondayTuesday and Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
If you are unable to drop off your items at the above times call Bernice Konowitz at 203-305-1051.
The committee is in need of rolling racks for clothing, either as a donation or to borrow.
Note all donated items must fit inside a car – no large furniture!
Important: They will not except any undergarments, computers/ hardware.

Celebrate Yiddish With The Rabbi Today

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Apr 102018

CELEBRATE YIDDISH! with Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, on Wednesday, April 11, 11 a.m. – noon
Come, celebrate Yiddish! You don’t have to speak Yiddish to enjoy this event! You’ll be amazed at how much Yiddish you already know! Before long, you’ll be laughing at Yiddish jokes and singing Yiddish songs with the Rabbi and his guitar.
“…I hate to kvetch, but why schlep all the way there when we can nosh and schmooze right here? (Besides, I’m Schvitzing like a Chazer!) … Anyway, as I was saying: I thought my bobe knew bupkis about music, but she played like a maven last night! Go figure!  And you know, everyone in the mishpoche regards her as a real mensch!…”  
Did you know that all the italicized words and expressions above, and hundreds like them, are considered correct English usage, found in American dictionaries?
Especially during this week of Holocaust remembrance, let’s celebrate Yiddish!
This is a joint event co-sponsored by Congregation Or Shalom & The Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)