City of Newburgh

An October 7 survivor to share her story

By Dae Vitale
Posted 1/25/24

Greetings from River City. Aldous Huxley prophesied, “People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo the capacities to think.” His vision is our reality. …

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An October 7 survivor to share her story


Greetings from River City. Aldous Huxley prophesied, “People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo the capacities to think.” His vision is our reality. Far from bliss, ignorance is dangerous, it is malevolently powerful. We have countless examples of the destructive forces of ignorance in virtually every aspect of the life of our nation. When you sign over your mind, it is not long before your soul follows.

A Chabad Rebbetzin tells her story.

Bruria Efune shares her experiences as a mother and activist under fire in Southern Israel. Her stories will take you from her family’s bomb shelter on the morning of October 7, to her mission to help soldiers inside Gaza.

Bruria Efune will share her experiences on Tuesday, February 6 at the social hall of the Newburgh Jewish Community Center, 290 North Street, Newburgh. This event is being co-sponsored by Chabad of Eastern Orange County and the Newburgh JCC.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., followed by the assembly of special care packages. Her lecture begins at 7 p.m., followed by Q&A.

For the month of February, Hannaford’s in Vails Gate has selected Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh as a beneficiary of its Fight Hunger program.

With every purchase of a $2.50 Fight Hunger shopping bag, Hannaford’s will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels.

The program facilitates community support with the goal of making a difference in the vicinities where shoppers live and work. Almost $1 million has been donated to over 1,400 hunger organizations since the program launched in April 2014.

The nonprofit Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh was founded in 1972. It delivers hot, noontime meals to residents of Newburgh and New Windsor who are confined to their home and unable to adequately provide their own meals.

For more information about Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh, call 845-562-3490 weekday mornings, or visit

Sacred Heart Donations For Mary’s Hope: They need medium size boxes of cereal, canned corned beef, tuna, chicken and chili, fruit, packages of mashed potatoes, and gravy mix (no jars). Please contact Suzanna Campora at (845) 561-5162 with any questions. Please note: They cannot give out expired food or cans with dents. Please bring donations to Sacred Heart Church. “Thank you for your continued generosity.”

On the First Friday of each month, Adoration will be at Sacred Heart Church following the 9 a.m. Mass until 11 a.m. St. Francis Church from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. after 12 Noon Mass.

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is recited every Sunday at 8:10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church. The Rosary and The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is recited daily at St. Francis Church after the 12 Noon Mass.

The rosary will be recited daily after the 9 a.m. Mass and on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (before 10 a.m. mass) every week at Sacred Heart for the intentions of Ukraine.

The Dominick Casadone Chapter of Saint Vincent de Paul Society operates the Baby Outreach Center every Tuesday morning at the Valastro Activity Center located across from the Sacred Heart School from 9:30 a.m. -12 Noon. They need diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6, baby wipes, boy’s clothing sizes 24 months to 5T and girl’s clothing sizes 9 months to 5T. Each month they serve over 100 families.

“Thanks to everyone from all the parishes who have donated to help continue our mission. Donations are always appreciated. Checks can be made payable to Society of St. Vincent de Paul and dropped off at the rectory. We allow for online donations via PayPal via our website,”

Deacon Jack Seymour Food Pantry Hours: Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 Noon at Sacred Heart School Gym, 240 So. Robinson Ave.

“In your goodness, please bring one pound packages of pasta and sauce and peanut butter to Church next weekend to be distributed to the less fortunate in our area. We are experiencing a great increase in the client families coming to the Deacon Jack Seymour Food Pantry.

“We are asking you to please help us by increasing your food donations to the pantry so we can provide enough food for all our client families. Thank you so much for your continued help.” If your child needs volunteer hours, the Food Pantry will coordinate service hours; however, you must pre-register with Curt Bourdage at (845) 863-6504.

The Knights of Columbus Council # 444 is proud to announce their 7th Annual Super Bowl Party at O’Connor Hall located in The Saint Francis of Assisi Church basement on Sunday, Feb. 11 from 4:30 p.m. until the end of the game. Cost: $5 per person or food donation to share. There will be games for the children, football pools, 50/50 raffle, BYOB. Contact Bill Kuntz at (201) 697-9920 to RSVP by Febr. 4.

St. Valentine’s Day Dance: Sponsored By Knights of Columbus Council #444 on Saturday, Feb.10 from 6 —10 p.m. at Temple Hill Tavern, 171 Temple Hill Rd., Vails Gate,. Cost: $45 per person/$50 at door. RSVP: Bill Kuntz (201) 697-9920 by Feb. 1. The event features DJ Ming and a Cash Bar. “Come for a night of buffet dinner, dessert and dancing.”

Take heed when lesser lights seek to triumph over beacons. Beware when they do. Vigilance is not a part time endeavor. As always, I close with my prayers for God’s blessings on your heads, my dears.