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.
September 12 Jocelyn Ruggiero
Food writer Jocelyn Ruggiero’s work has appeared in many national publications. She has produced and hosted Foodie Fatale, a radio pilot for NPR and appeared as a guest on other radio shows. Ruggiero will discuss her mid-life transition to a writing career and how enriching the pursuit of her passion has been. Food serves as a lens through which she explores history and culture. She feels it connects us to each other and the best parts of our pre-digital age: communities, families and traditions!
September 26 Judith Altmann
Judy Altmann, a 91 year old Holocaust survivor and long-time Stamford resident, was born in Czechoslovakia and her life was “fantastic” until restrictions were imposed on Jews in 1939. Life forever changed when she, her parents and 25 relatives were sent in cattle cars to Auschwitz. Separated from her family, she built bunkers and roads in Auschwitz and worked in a munitions factory in Essen before being led on a death march to Bergen-Belsen. Her father’s last words to her had been “Judy, you will live.” In May 1945 she was liberated, moved to Sweden, went to school and became a technical writer and designer - learning yet another language. In 1948, she moved to the United States. She says “I certainly have all the reasons in the world to hate, but hate destroys you, not them. Use your energy for good things and for better things.”