General Meetings

Open to members and their guests
Place:  Temple Israel
14 Coleytown Road, Westport  
10:45 a.m.   Coffee and Conversation
11:30 a.m.   Meeting and Speaker

Come to our End-of-the-Year Brunch and Annual Meeting
Monday, June 8, 11:30 Temple Israel
Cost: $15 per person. Send your check, made out to Y’s Women, to Carole Rubenstein, 46 Mohawk Drive, Norwalk, CT 06851. Checks must be received by May 28;   no walk-in exceptions
Any questions? Call Carole (203-847-2834)

Please bring items of non-perishable food to be donated to Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport


Message from the President

This has been another great year for the Y's Women, and we have an interesting lineup of speakers for next year – not to mention trips to places we might not have been to and other activities in the Satellite groups.

 I have enjoyed meeting new women and catching up with old friends. When September rolls around, we hope you'll get involved with our activities. NOTE: there will be just one meeting in September –  on Monday the 28th –  at the Library, since Temple Israel will be busy with religious holidays earlier in the month.

Have a pleasant summer.

Katie Chase


Y’s Women – 2015-2016 Meeting Schedule

(All Meetings are at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport, unless otherwise noted)
General Meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of the month
September through November and January through May

Coffee and socializing begin at 10:45 a.m. The meetings start at 11:30.

Sept 28, 2015 – General Meeting at noon – Westport Public Library – McManus Room*

Oct. 12, 2015
Oct. 26 ,2015

Nov. 9,  2015
Nov.23 ,2015

Dec.14, 2015 – Holiday Party

Jan.11, 2016 
Jan.25, 2016 – General Meeting at noon – Westport Public Library – McManus Room*

Feb. 8,  2016
Feb.22, 2016

March 14, 2016
March 28, 2016

April 11,2016
April 25,2016

May 9,2016

June 13, 2016 – Annual Meeting / Party

*The McManus Room is on the Riverwalk Level (first floor) of the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT  06880.  

Satellite Groups

(Y’s Women Members ONLY)

Book Group 1 will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 in the Seminar Room of the Library.  We are reading The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. We will discuss meeting places for July and August at this time. Any questions? Call Frankie Stein, 226-4219 or Connie Beskind, 255-8682.
Book Group 2 will meet on Thursday, June 4 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.  We will discuss The Dinner by by Herman Koch, with Jane Malakoff leading the discussion. Lois Ross will be hosting the meeting at her home.  Please let Lois know if you plan to attend (226-0070 or  
Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the home of Inge vanGelder for our last meeting until September. We will discuss The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, with Teri Klein leading the discussion. If you have any questions, please call Joan Harnett at 587-1170.
Newstalk is a vital and interesting group of women who discuss what is going on in the world … good and bad. Our next meeting is on Thursday, June 25 in the Westport Library’s Seminar Room from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m.  Please let Phyllis Groner know if you plan to attend the meeting (226-5583).
Walking Group: We will walk every Tuesday in June at Compo Beach. Meet at the cannon end of the parking lot. We will meet at 9:45 a.m. and walk from 10:00 to 11:00. Hope to see you all there. Polly Temple and Barb Stephen
Carpool & Go! On Wednesday, June 17, we will drive to Katonah, NY to visit Caramoor, the former estate of Walter and Lucie Dodge Rosen, who left their home and beautiful gardens for the public's enjoyment. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At 11:00 a.m. we'll hear a classical concert in the Music Room, where pianist Jiyang Chen will play short pieces by Rachaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Saint-Saens. At noon we'll have a guided tour through the Rosen's home, filled with fine and decorative Asian and Renaissance treasures collected on the couple's many journeys around the world. At 1:00 p.m. we'll enjoy a buffet luncheon on the Caramoor grounds. Those of you interested in joining the group have already sent in checks for $53.50 for the day's events. Please meet at Trader Joe's at 9:15 a.m. for a 9:30 departure. If you have questions, contact Jill Meyer (226-4310 or or Lydia Menendez (319-1110 or The gas reimbursement for your driver will be $7 in cash. Please indicate whether you can drive. Since there are 38 of us going that day, WE NEED MANY DRIVERS. Directions: Drive to the Merritt Parkway and take exit 34. Turn right onto Long Ridge Road/Route 104 North. Drive north 8 miles. Turn left onto Rte. 172 W/Pound Ridge Road, then right at Bedford, NY's village green onto Rte. 22. Follow rte. 22 to Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, which will be on your right and marked by a green sign.

Trips coming up!

Wednesday, June 10:  The American Ballet Theatre's  “Sleeping Beauty”  
We start with luncheon at the elegant Petrossian Restaurant, unique in its own right, and then take our seats in the Dress Circle of the Metropolitan Opera for the classic  Sleeping Beauty ballet. Whether this is your perennial favorite or a first-time discovery, Sleeping Beauty brings together all the appeal of classical ballet, set to Tchaikovsky's wonderful score. Price per person is $160, all inclusive. There is still space available for this trip contingent on “ballet seating availability.” If you are interested in being a part of this fun day, contact Pat Farmer (227-3076 or and the availability will be pursued.

Look ahead and include the following in your summer plans! It’s hard to make commitments so far ahead, but we have a deadline and don’t wish to cancel the trip. More reservations are needed to make it a “go”!

Wednesday, August 5: The New Musical “My Paris” at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre
Start this fun day with luncheon at the historic Brushmill by the Waterfall in Chester, followed by a performance of My Paris, an original new musical about the life and times of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec… the artist who captured the gaiety, color, and heartbreak of Montmartre, Le Can-Can, and the world of Le Moulin Rouge.  C'est magnifique!  Price per person is $130, all inclusive.



Amazing Italy by Rail — just two hotels: October 1-10 
Visit Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii. An immersive experience exploring the best of Italy. You will ride in comfort on the high-speed rails. This is a complete vacation including admissions to many of the famous sights such as the Vatican, the Coliseum, the Academia with the statue of David, as well as the preserved ancient city of Pompeii. Price per person is $3,599, which includes airfare, 12 meals (all breakfasts and four dinners), rail journeys, escorts while in Italy, baggage handling, and transfers. This will definitely be an amazing trip – in a slightly different way.

A brochure for the trip abroad is available at the General Meetings or by contacting
Pat Farmer and can also be found at

Detailed flyers for all trips are available at the Y's Women's General Meetings or by contacting Pat Farmer, 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.