Y's Women Photos

Photos of speakers, Y's Women Activities and members though the years:

2016-2017 * 2017-2018

2015-2016 * 2014-20152013-20142012-2013 2011-2012 * 2010-2011

2009-2010 * 2008-2009 * 2007-2008

General Meetings

Place:  Temple Israel, Westport
10:45 am Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am Meeting and Speaker

We must enter through the doors from the upper parking lot. There are a limited number of parking spaces in the upper lot; please leave them for those who have difficulty walking. Others please park in the lower lot and walk to the upper entrance. 

January 13
Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker

Husband and wife team Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker, stars of the long-running hit TV series L.A. Law, join us to share some exciting new developments in their lives. Actor-turned-playwright Michael Tucker has a new Off Broadway play, Fern Hill, which explores how three married couples in their later years cope with aging, declining health, their sexuality, and marital infidelity, among other challenging subjects. Much of the play revolves around a discussion by the characters of whether they should all move into a farmhouse of the same name, owned by one of the couples, so they can live and work together and help each other as they age. Jill is probably best known for her five Emmy nominations and four Golden Globe nominations playing Ann Kelsey on L.A. Law. She is a long-time member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County’s Artistic Advisory Council. Jill returned to the cabaret stage last March to sing about love in her show entitled Here I Go Again!  which was held at Feinstein’s 54 Below in New York City.

January 27
Lindsay Felderman – The Courage to Be Yourself

Lindsay Felderman is the author of Walking Through Walls: Finding the True Courage to Be Yourself! She is also a Marketing Manager for Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford. She strives to be a role model not only for LGBTQ youth, but for anyone who is questioning themselves and their true identity … whatever that may be. Last October, Lindsay spoke to more than 200 students at Fairfield University as part of the college’s Student Diversity & Multicultural 
Affairs program.

Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, January 2 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Panera  Bread, located in Westport at 1860 Post Road East (next to Home Goods).  The book to be discussed is The Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, and the discussion will be led by Jane Malakoff. Please contact Arlene Bloom at bloomah@sbcglobal.net or 254-9096 to RSVP.   
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, January 11 at 10:30 am at Panera Bread to discuss The Mission of a Lifetime: Lessons from the Men Who Went to the Moon by Basil Hero. The book is based on rare, in-depth interviews with the 12 remaining Apollo astronauts. New members are welcome to join our group. For more information, please contact Doris Levinson at 227-3371 or drjlevinson@gmail.com.
The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, January 15 at Panera Bread. We meet informally at 1:00 pm and begin discussion at 1:30. Our two discussion movies for January are Knives Out and Marriage Story. Knives Out tells the story of “a crime novelist [who] dies just after his 85th birthday, [and] an inquisitive detective arrives at his estate to investigate. He soon sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind the writer's untimely demise.” “Divorce is described in Noah Baumbach’s masterful Marriage Story as like a death without a body. Something has been lost. There is grieving, anger, denial. In his personal and moving story, Baumbach captures the insidious nature of divorce, how two well-meaning people who still care about each other will do things they would never think they would do.” If you wish to be added to the e-mail list for future events, please contact Margaret Mitchell at 255-9094 or margaret06824@yahoo.com. 
The Lunch and Trivia Group will meet on Tuesday, January 30 at noon at the VFW on Riverside Avenue. Please contact Ann Lloyd at aslloyd@optonline.net or 226-4145 or Arlene Bloom at 254-9096 or  bloomah@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in attending.
Wise Investment Group: We invite you to join the Wise Investment Group. We may mentor a new group as several potential members declined to join because the buy-in was too expensive. If a new group is started, it would be up to the new members to decide how much money they would like to initially contribute to the stock portfolio. In any case, you can also join the established group. We meet once a month to discuss our portfolio and decide whether to buy/sell/hold. We have made several successful decisions and have outpaced the S&P Average in 2019. If this is too confusing, contact our president, Lois Block, at loisblock@optonline.net or 761-1177 and she will clarify your options.
Newstalk 2 will meet on Tuesday, January 14 at 10:00 am at the Westport Library, Room 214. If you have any questions, please contact Vera DeStefano at vera@dcstructural.com.
CARPOOL AND GO For those of you who wish to go on a most engaging, enlightening, and informative outing on Thursday, January 16, please sign up for a guided tour of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, located at 3011 Whitney Avenue in Hamden, CT. The museum contains the world's largest collection of Great Hunger-related art dating from the 19th century through the present day by noted contemporary Irish and Irish American artists, as well as a number of period paintings by some of Ireland's most important 19th-century artists. The impact of the loss of life, the leeching of the land, and the erosions of language and culture are explored visually through the eyes of the artists. The museum is part of Quinnipiac University and the exhibits focus on paintings and sculpture related to the Great Famine that occurred from 1845-52. The mission of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and study its collection of art, artifacts, and literature related to the Irish Famine/Great Hunger. In doing so, it seeks to educate audiences of all ages about the underlying political, social, economic, and historic causes of the Great Hunger, and the magnitude of the disaster for Ireland and its people. We will meet in the Trader Joe’s / Wells Fargo parking lot in Westport at 9:30 am for a 9:45 departure. (The tour starts at 11:00.) The fee is $10, with check made out to Charlene Boyer and mailed to her at 162 Governor Trumbull Way, Trumbull, CT 06611. Please call Charlene at 434-2953 or email her at cboyer1991@att.net to reserve your place. And please indicate if you can drive. Gas reimbursement for drivers is $5 in cash. Lunch will follow at 12:30 at an authentic Irish pub, The Playwright Irish Pub, at 1232 Whitney Avenue. The restaurant provides a varied menu to please every palate, serving American cuisine and fine Irish fare which includes Irish specialties such as Guinness Stew, Bangers, and Shepherd’s Pie. 

Trips coming up!

We are planning some fun trips for the Spring. Stay tuned.

About our monthly newsletters

Printed monthly newsletters are no longer being mailed to members. Instead, they are provided as printable computer files in Adobe Portable Document (PDF) format. To print them, the Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer. If it is not already there, download it here.

Around the 25th of each month, the link to the next month's printable PDF newsletter is provided in two ways: in an email to members, and on this website (upper right corner). In addition, the newsletter's listings of dates and places are viewable on this website at a glance.

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About General Meetings

General Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of the month, September through November and January through May. The meetings are being held at Temple Israel, Westport, CT. Coffee and socializing begin at 10:45 a.m. The meetings start at 11:30.

These meetings feature speakers on a wide variety of topics -- from health and the arts to local, national and international issues --and are open to members and their guests.

Would you like to attend a meeting before you decide to join? For an invitation, call Polly Temple president (203-293-4688) or send an email to info@yswomen.org

About Membership

The Y's Women
 Membership Form
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020




City/Town _____________________________________ State______  ZIP ______

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  • Dues are $45.00 annually (from July through June).
  • Make your check payable to the Y's Women.
  • The dues deadline is October 31 to be listed in the 2020 Membership Roster.
  • If you join after March 31, 2020, your dues are in effect through June 2021.
  • Membership is complimentary at age 90. If you qualify please indicate that on your membership form.

To join Y's Women send this form and your $45 check to Doris Levinson, 6 Beechwood Lane, Westport, CT 06880. You may also join at a meeting at the membership table.


In which of these Y's Women activities do you plan to participate?

_____General meetings                              _____Newcomer luncheons
_____Holiday and spring parties             _____Newstalk discussion Group
_____Book Group                                       _____Paddle tennis
_____Bridge marathon                              _____Solos dinner Group       
_____Investment Group                            _____Lunch & trivia Group
_____Memoir Group                                  _____Travel programs
_____Movie Group                                 

Is there a new group activity that you'd like to suggest? Your ideas are welcome.

Membership questions?  Please contact Doris Levinson, membership chair, at drjlevinson@gmail.com or 203-227-3371.