General Meetings

Open to members and their guests
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. 

Monday, April 8 Larry Silver, Photographer

On April 8 it will be our pleasure to welcome Westport’s beloved, world-famous photographer Larry Silver. Larry is widely recognized for his iconic photos of Westport, among many other subjects. Larry has been taking photos since he was in his teens. Just recently, at 83/84 years old, he’s gotten into Harvard – that is, Harvard’s prestigious Fogg Museum of Art has acquired 20 of his world-renowned photos for their permanent collection. His images hang in museums around the world, including New York’s Whitney Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, and the Figge Art Museum in Iowa. He has lived in Westport since 1973 and spent years documenting life in and around our town. The presentation will feature Larry Silver’s Connecticut, a short video including many familiar scenes of Compo Beach, Sherwood Island, Longshore, and local roads and barns. Among these, his iconic Shower Shot and Woman with Straw Hat. “The best years of my life have been spent in Westport,” Larry recalls fondly.

Monday, April 22 Sister Maureen Fleming, Human Trafficking in Fairfield County

Sister Maureen Fleming is Coordinator of Pastoral Outreach activities at St. Luke’s Parish in Westport. Prior to this, from 1995-2005, she was Director of Caroline House, an education center for low-income immigrant women and children in Bridgeport started by her order. Last year, scores of admirers from both the Assumption Church and St. Luke’s joined to honor Sister Maureen on 60 years of religious service.  In her current position, she serves as an advocate for women’s and children’s rights, education, and the fight against poverty. As an NGO registered with the United Nations, she participates in lectures and conferences dealing with women’s and children’s justice issues, especially human trafficking. Two years ago, Fairfield University honored Sister Maureen with an Honorary Doctorate Degree. Sister Maureen will update us on human trafficking in Fairfield County – shocking but true.  Women are trafficked in nail spas, where some are forced to be “escorts” at night. Women in similarly isolated situations work as dishwashers in restaurants all around us, or as cleaning ladies. One young woman came to Sister Maureen with a medical problem. When she asked the woman who was taking care of the family children and how much she was being paid, the
answer was simple – and heartbreaking: “ I get meals and a place to live.”