The Fairfield Women's Club was established in 1934 to serve the needs of the community and state, in addition to…More providing educational and recreational opportunities for its members.
The club, open to women more than 18 years of age, meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month from September through May at the Audubon Society's Birdcraft Museum at 314 Unquowa Road in Fairfield.
The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County, a not-for-profit organization established in 1920, is an organization…More of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
The Junior League's community projects have included the Bridgeport Childcare Project, whose goal is to build a childcare center in Bridgeport to serve low-income families; providing meals for Operation Hope, a Fairfield agency that helps the homeless and operates a homeless shelter at 50 Nichols St.; partnering with the Thomas Hooker School in Bridgeport to help the school and its students; "Done in a Day" initiatives in which the League's Helping Hands Committee addresses immediate short-term needs in its communities, such as clothing and book drives, spruce-up projects and event staffing.
The League also is active in "Kids in the Kitchen," a national Junior League initiative aimed at empowering children to adopt healthy habits in an effort to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. Local leagues educate at grassroots levels by providing information, materials and interactive lessons related to nutrition and healthy eating to parents and children in their communities.
Members of the Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County receive training in advocacy, community research, fundraising, finance, leadership, public relations and personal development.
Prospective members must be at least 21 years old and pay $100 to receive training at classes held in Fairfield Public Library.
The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County, whose motto is "Women Building Better Communities," is comprised of women from Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Newtown, Redding, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston and Westport.
The Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County's headquarters is on the third floor of Burr Homestead, a town-owned historic structure at 739 Old Post Road.
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.