Obituary: Beverly Mohrer, 91, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Jun 032020

Beverly Mohrer, 91, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Hamden Connecticut. She was predeceased by Henry Mohrer, her beloved husband of 65 years.

Beverly was born on March 10, 1929, to Max Fine and Grace Schneider in Brooklyn, New York. She was educated in Brooklyn public schools and graduated from Hunter College at age 19. She earned a master’s degree in American history at Columbia University and was an enthusiastic teacher.

She married in 1953 and gave birth to three children, Jonathan, Peter, and Rebecca. She was a resident of Orange from 1963 until 2013 when she and Henry moved to the Whitney Center in Hamden. Her last teaching position was under Rabbi Maurice Hecht at the New Haven Hebrew Day School.

In mid-life she returned to school, earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut, and worked for the Branford Counseling Center and the Jewish Family Service, before establishing a private practice on Edwards Street in New Haven.

Beverly was an active member of the Beth Israel Synagogue Center in Derby, Congregation Or Shalom in Orange, the Alumni Association of Hunter College, and many other community organizations.

She was a charter subscriber to the Long Wharf Theater, enjoyed the New Haven Symphony, the Yale Chamber Music, and Horowitz Piano series.

Her greatest devotion was to her family. She is survived by her children Jonathan (Jill Goodman), Peter (Christina Giebisch), and Rebecca Bauer (Steven), grandchildren Joshua (Petra Cramer), Daniella, Daniel, Marisa, Meredith Bauer, and Eric Bauer, great-grandchildren Lily, Hannah, and Nikolai Bauer. She leaves her sister, Mary Bereska of Vail, Colorado.

Due to the pandemic, there was a graveside service on May 22.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy, 261 Derby Ave., Orange, or to a charity of choice.

Scholarship Opportunity From Congregation Or Shalom – Deadline April 30

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Apr 292020

Teen members of Congregation Or Shalom: Do you believe in “Tikkun Olam,” the idea that together, we can make our world a better place? Would you be willing to share the positive differences you’ve made in this world?

If so, you are invited to apply for the Warren Weiswasser Scholarship.

The Social Action Committee of Congregation Or Shalom invites students in grades ten through twelve to apply for the Warren Weiswasser Social Action Scholarship.

The student will receive $180, and an additional $180 will be donated to a charitable organization of the winner’s choice. Moreover, winning a scholarship such as this would certainly be impressive to the Dean of Admissions at the college of your choice.

Tenth – Twelfth graders are welcome to apply. For an application, or answers to any questions, please text, call, or e-mail Margie Shapiro at 203-641-9397 or marieshap@gmail.com.

You also may contact Rabbi Wainhaus with any questions about the scholarship. NOTE: The deadline for this scholarship is:April 30th.

Rummage Sale Donations Sought

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Mar 172020

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, would like to start collecting clean and usable household items and gently worn clothing for its annual Rummage Sale in July.
Members will be informed of the days and times you can bring your items to the Synagogue. For information, call Bernice Konowitz Cell phone 203-305-1051.
Please note all items donated must fit in a car
Please no large furniture.
We will not except any undergarments, computers/ hardware.

Congregation Or Shalom Shares Coronavirus Update

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Mar 132020

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Following is a message from Congregation Or Shalom:

Please note: Until further notice “In-Person” Services and Events at Congregation Or Shalom ARE SUSPENDED. Effective Sunday, March 15, at noon. please read the following.
This interim update and protocol is being provided based on what is currently known about the COVID-19 coronavirus and the most recent recommendations from the CDC, State of Connecticut and local health departments. We will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. We need to take these measures to keep our synagogue community virus free, in light of the most current protocols regarding COVID-19.
•     Due to the increasing risk associated with contact with the coronavirus linked to COVID-19, all synagogue religious services, meetings, and events will be suspended indefinitely effective Sunday noon, 3/15/2020. This includes gatherings such as bible study, “coffee & learn”, afternoon mahjong, Zumba classes, etc.
•     Board and committee meetings will take place via video-teleconferencing (“Zoom”).
•     The synagogue office will be staffed but access to the building will be highly restricted. Only entry deemed absolutely essential, e.g., building maintenance calls, will be allowed.
 •     Religious services may be live-streamed from the following sites.
•     Funerals will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
•     B’nai mitzvah celebrations will be handled on a case-by-case basis consistent with the family’s wishes.
Additional Resources
Statement from Abel Caterers:
We understand that these are uncertain times and we are all experiencing challenges associated with COVID-19. On a recent trip to the grocery store, I saw first-hand the empty shelves and anxious faces of people shopping for their families. I realized that we were in the position to help ease some of the stress of trying to shop and prepare food to feed your family. Starting Tuesday, we will offer take-out dinners for 4 people that can be picked up in Woodbridge, or delivered to you.
Please find the attached menu to begin on Tuesday, March 17. Although there are no substitutions, if there is something specific you need or would like to see us add to the menu, please feel free to reach out to us.
Abel Caterers has serviced this community for 48 years and we plan to continue working hard to be there for our customers and community. Our commitment goes beyond simply operating a business, we will be there for you through the joyful and difficult times. Please check Or Shalom website on Monday for menu

First Selectman’s Candidates Debate

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Oct 102019

The Men’s Club of Congregation Or Shalom will host the first of two longtime tried and true First Selectman’s Candidates Debates (the other is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce) on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.

The Debate between incumbent James Zeoli (R) and challenger Jody Dietch (D) will take place at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road.

The Men’s Club of Or Shalom is sponsoring this Free event, which is open to the public.

Moderator is Roger Tausig.

Come to Or Shalom this Sunday morning to hear what these two candidates for the top office in Orange have to offer.

Sunday: Or Shalom Presents, “Run Boy Run!”

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Apr 282019

Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, presents the docudrama, “Run Boy Run!” today, Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m.

Winner of multiple awards, including an Oscar, and based on the acclaimed book, “Run Boy Run” is the true story of a Jewish 9-year-old who incredibly managed to survive on his own in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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

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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.