The Fairfield Museum and History Center, formerly known as the Fairfield Historical Society, is located at 370 Beach…More Road in a 13,000-square-foot building that was specifically built for the organization in 2007.
Previously, the Fairfield Historical Society, founded in 1904, had been located in a 636 Old Post Road building next to First Church Congregational, but had outgrown its space. The town of Fairfield leased property on Town Green at a nominal fee for the construction of a new facility, and First Church Congregational bought the building that had housed the Fairfield Historical Society.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center includes exhibition galleries, a special collection library and reading room, a family education center, an 80-seat theater overlooking Fairfield's Town Green and a museum shop.
The Fairfield Museum and History Center also manages the following town-owned historic properties: Bronson Windmill, 2963 Bronson Road; The Burr Homestead, 739 Old Post Road; Sun Tavern on the Town Green; Powder House, 230 Unquowa Road; and the Victorian Cottage and Barn on the Town Green. The Fairfield Museum and History Center also manages Ogden House and Gardens, 1520 Bronson Road, which it owns.
Membership benefits include free admission to the Fairfield Museum and History Center, special members-only events, advance notice of tours and programs and store discounts.
Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road, was founded in 1954 by members who wanted to form an egalitarian…More congregation that would serve a diverse number of people in Fairfield and surrounding towns. Congregation Beth El is the only conservative synagogue in Fairfield.
At Congregation Beth El, men and women worship side by side, with women congregants being counted in minyan and having the opportunity to read The Torah at services.
Congregation Beth El's religious school for children in kindergarten through grade 8 provides a meaningful Jewish education while the K'Tanim preschool helps children develop a sense of pride and commitment to Jewish values and ideals. The synagogue also offers Junior Congregation, Tot Shabbat and Family Shabbat to meet the needs of children from preschool to Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Services are at 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday (morning minyan) and 9 a.m. Sunday (8:30 a.m. in the summer.) Shabbat morning services are at 10 a.m. (9 a.m. in the summer.)
Family Friendly Shabbat services are also held Friday evenings from September through May; times vary, and Congregation Beth El advises calling 203-374-5544. In the summer, Friday evening services are held at Jennings Beach, weather permitting.
Adult programs at Congregation Beth El include Sisterhood; Men's Club; social programs, including a progressive dinner, annual gala, goods and services auction, comedy night and Shabbat Across America; trips to Israel and community and interfaith activities. Family programs include Shabbat and trips to Israel.