General Meetings

Open to members and their guests

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

Please use the Temple’s school entrance.  You can then use either elevator or stairs.  Our
greeters will be there to facilitate any procedures the Temple requires of all visitors.

October 12
Dr Mark Schenker:  Literature and Life
Dr. Schenker is currently a Senior Associate Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs at Yale College. He has been at Yale College since 1990. Born and raised in New York City, he received his PhD in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia, New York University and Trinity College (Hartford).  He was the recipient of the 2001 Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

October 26
Lonnae O’Neal Parker:  Telling Hard Truths   
Ms Parker writes a column about family, motherhood, race, culture and life’s small stuff for The Washington Post.  She recently wrote an essay on her hometown, Chicago, returning to her old South Side neighborhood in search of answers and hope in 2014’s summer gunfire.  In 2000, she won a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism award for distinguished work in the coverage of race and ethnicity in America.  Her feature White Girl was the subject of a special broadcast of ABC’s Nightline.  She contributed to the Washington Post’s 2006 award-winning Being a Black Man series and is the author of I’m Every Woman, Remixed Stories of Marriage, Motherhood and Work. Ms Parker received a degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University and also attended Howard University, where she studied sociology.

Satellite Groups

SATELLITE GROUPS                              
    (Y’s Women members  ONLY)

Book Group 1: For our next meeting on Thursday, October 15 at 1:00 pm, we are reading We Are Not Ourselves by Mathew Thomas. Meeting location to be determined.  If you  would like to “try out” our group, please contact us: Frankie Stein at 226-4219 or Connie Beskind at 255-8682.
Book Group 2  will meet on Thursday October 1  from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.  The book to be discussed is The Nine:  Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin.  The discussion will be led by Arlene Bloom. Nancy Bloom will be hosting the meeting at her home.  Please let Nancy know if you plan to attend:  259-0079  or email
Book Group 3  will meet on Friday, October 2 at 10:30 am  to discuss Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival by Dean King,  led by Joan Harnett. We will meet at the home of Inge van Gelder. Questions? Please call Joan Harnett at 587-1170.
Carpool and Go!
On Tuesday, Oct. 13,  we will visit the Seven Bridges Foundation in northern Greenwich for a tour of their grounds and galleries. The foundation "houses a unique collection of modernist and figurative paintings, glass art, sculpture and photography in a beautiful country estate". Our one hour tour will start at 10:30 am, leaving us time afterwards to explore further on our own before going to lunch at Centro at The Mill. We will gather in the parking lot at Trader Joe's / Wells Fargo at 9:15 am for a 9:30 departure. Please email Lydia Menendez - or call her at (203) 319-1110 to reserve your place for this trip. There is no cost for the tour, but there will be a cash payment of $5 due for drivers. Please indicate if you are willing to drive - drivers are always needed and appreciated.
Newcomers Luncheon: All newcomers and  present members are invited to come to our first luncheon of this season at Tavern on Main, 150 Main St., Westport Monday, October 26 at 12.30 pm It is an excellent time to make new friends and meet old friends. To reserve a space, please contact Joan Likely-Cosenza: 510-6160  or at  jlikelyc@ Looking forward to seeing many of you there.  

Trips coming up!

Wednesday, October 21: An Open Rehearsal of the NY Philharmonic, Luncheon at Pappardella Cucina Italiana, and a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Metropolitan Opera House A wonderful day at Lincoln Center for the first 35 people (we are limited) who reserve! October 2 is the firm date for final confirmation with the Opera House, so don't be left behind. Price per person is $135, all inclusive. Detailed flyers will be available at the first Y's Women's meeting on September 28 or can be sent electronically, if requested, prior to that date.

Wednesday, November 4: A Delightful Day in the Hudson Valley – the Culinary Institute with Staatsburgh Historical Site.Enjoy the epicurean delights of Italian cuisine during luncheon at the elegant Ristorante Caterina de´ Medici, located at the magnificent Colavita Center for Italian Food & Wine. After luncheon we will move on to Staatesburgh Historic Site (Mills Mansion) – once the country home of Ogden and Ruth Livingston Mills. Experience the Gilded Age firsthand on a "Downton Abbey" themed tour led by our costumed guide. Price per person is $119, all inclusive.  A guaranteed count is necessary by October 21, so early reservations are important.

Tuesday, December 1:  A Brandywine Holiday, featuring Christmas at Nemours Mansion with Magical Longwood Gardens. Celebrate the festive Holiday Season at Nemours Mansion & Gardens, the restored home of Alfred I. DuPont.  It will be spectacular with a guided tour of this beautifully decorated mansion with stunning works of art concluding with a tram ride around sculpture-filled, formal French gardens.  Then, onward to Longwood Gardens, one of the world's premier garden conservatories.  There we will have lunch, wander through a magical world of half million twinkling lights, fragrant flowers....a starry holiday wonderland!  Price per person $116.00, all-inclusive.
There will be international travel opportunities in 2015/16, but the final dates have not yet been determined. As soon as they are available, we will provide you with detailed brochures.
Detailed flyers for all trips are available at the Y's Women's General Meetings or by contacting Pat Farmer at 227-3076 or  Trip Cancellation Policy:  Your payment is your reservation. Refunds will be given only if your place can be sold to someone else.