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Sydney Forstater

Sydney FORSTATERAge: 82 years19282010

Given names
Shmuel, Shmulke
שמואל סידני פורסטטר
Birth March 1, 1928 (Adar 9, 5688)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - פילדלפיה, ארה"ב

Death April 25, 2010 (Iyar 11, 5770) (Age 82 years)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - פילדלפיה, ארה"ב

Note: FORSTATER SIDNEY, April 25, 2010.
Note: Notifications

SourceJewish Gen Family Finder - Family Tree 15822, Gene LePere - genealogical research
Publication: Gene Hirshhorn-LePere []
FORSTATER SIDNEY, April 25, 2010. Husband of Selma (nee Harris). Father of Ira Forstater, Mathew Forstater, Seth Forstater and Ann Forstater. Brother of Frances Mendelsohn. Also survived by 7 grandchildren. Relatives and friends invited to Funeral Service Wed. 11:30 A.M. precisely GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S RAPHAEL SACKS, 6410 N. Broad St. Int. Mt. Sharon Cem. Family will return to his late residence. Contributions in his memory may be made to the organizations listed at: Published in Philadelphia Inquirer and/or Philadelphia Daily News from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2010
Notifications May 24, 2010 8:25pm Shloshim Tributes Due to the Shavuot holiday, the shloshim (30 day) period of mourning for Sid ended on Tuesday morning, May 18. His grandchildren Sarah and Jacob honored his memory in the days preceding that in two very different ways. At Sarah’s bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 15, she discussed what it means to "count" (from the theme of the census in her parshat bamidbar). Here is part of her d'var torah: To me, a census implies that each individual is important by him or herself and that nobody is more important than anyone else. I had planned to lead a Monday morning torah service at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life the week before my bat mitzvah. This is the nursing home where my paternal grandfather was living. I really wanted him to be able to see me at this very special time, and I wanted him to count in this celebration, along with everyone else living there. Unfortunately, he passed away before I got that chance. I am grateful however, that every time we went to visit him this year, I practiced my haftorah and Torah readings for him. Not only did he enjoy hearing it but the other residents often told me how much they enjoyed hearing it too. This made me realize the importance of including everyone in the Jewish community. Too often we forget that the Jews who are on the margins of our community – those who can’t come to synagogue or can no longer participate actively in our community – are still important members of the community. The Hebrew word for count is “pakod” but that word also means to remember. To me, remembering people, such as my grandfather, means not only keeping them in your hearts but honoring their memory by remembering the lessons that they taught me and doing mitzvot. Jacob and his friends from UNC Chapel Hill honored Sid my studying the entire Seder Nashim of the Mishna. Jacob studied the last Tractate, Kiddushin. The last page was saved for Ira to finish with a minyan. As Jacob wrote: As I'm sure your aware, its traditional to learn an entire order of the mishna during shloshim, as it is quite an undertaking, its customary that people split the mishna up to be learned by friends and loved ones. My friends and the Rabbi from my talmud class have taken it upon themselves to help complete an entire order of the mishna in granpop's merit before his shloshim ends on erev Shavout. We've decided to complete the order Nashim (its the 2nd shortest.. but not the shortest!). All of my friends will be completing their assigned book two days before Shavout. As part of this, I am learning the Mishna Kiddushin, dealing with laws of marriage. I plan on having all but the last part of the last mishna in Kiddushin (about 1 page) completed by that time as well. I think it would be really special, if you feel up to it, to have you do the last Mishna (which should take only a matter of minutes), thus completing the entire order in grandpop's merit and having a siyuum. Its traditional to do this in a minyan and then you can say the special very long Kaddish for grandpop. On Monday May 17, at the evening ma’ariv service at Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, VA, the last page was read and studied: KIDDUSHIN: CHAPTER 4: MISHNAH 14 . . . Rabbi Nehorai says, I put aside all the crafts in the world and I teach my son only Torah, for a person eats of its reward in this world, and the principal remains for the World to Come. But all the other crafts are not so. When a person comes to illness, or to old age, or to troubles, and he cannot engage in his craft, then he dies of hunger, but Torah is not so, for it protects him from all evil in his youth and provides him with a future and hope in his old age. Regarding his youth, what does it say? "But they that wait for the Lord shall renew their strength" (Isa. 40:31). Regarding his old age, what does it say? "They shall still bring forth fruit in their old age" (Ps. 92:15). And similarly it says regarding Abraham our father, peace be unto him, "And Abraham was old…and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things" (Gen. 24:1). We find that Abraham fulfilled the entire Torah before it was given, as it is written, "Because that Abraham hearkened to My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws" (Gen. 26:5). Then the kaddish hagadol was recited and a siyyum was held to honor the memory of Sid and conclude the shloshim period.
We mourn the passing of Sidney Forstater, z"l 11 Iyar 5770 Sidney Forstater, z"l (Shmulka ben Yitzhak v'Chanah) lived a long and wonderful life, filled with many joyous times and also challenges. From his birth in March 1, 1928, on a trolly car near Wharton Street (his story) and his childhood making ice cream sodas in his Mom's and Pop's store (when not reading comic books), he went on to Central High School, the Wharton School at the Univ of PA, and military service as a corporal and radio operator in the US Army in post-war Europe. Sid met Selma, the love of his life, and enticed her to marriage with his offer of a lifesaver on their first date. In the years ahead, he and Selma raised a family of four loving children (Ira, Seth, Mathew, and Ann), and cherished every moment with their seven incredible grandchildren (Jacob, Rachel, Rebecca, Harris, Sarah, Raymond, and Gabriel). Sid's many jobs included work as a respected CPA (accountant); financial advisor; vice president of a shipping company, soda canning company, and the Philadelphia Eagles; and co-owner with Selma of Accurate Typing Services. Sid was able to celebrate and enjoy his and Selma's 50th Anniversary, as well as his 75th and 80th birthday bashes. In the past couple years, Sid faced many health challenges, but was able to remain at home in the Philadelphian with the in-house support of Selma, his son Seth, and his extraordinary friend and health care aid Michael. After several stays in the hospital in 2009, and a brief try at rehabilitation, Sid moved in December to the Abramson Center for Jewish Life. There he received terrific care from the wonderful residential, medical, and hospice staff, as well as from Michael. In April 2010, Sid's health condition continued to decline significantly. But he and his family are so grateful for, and feel so blessed by, all those who visited Sid and held him in their thoughts and prayers. Sid passed away peacefully in his room at the Abramson Center on April 25, 2010, which we will remember on 11 Iyar on the Jewish calendar each year. Zichrono livracha - may his memory be for a blessing to all of us who knew and loved him.