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Report: Westport Widow of Noted Rabbi is Madoff Victim

UPDATE The widow of a noted rabbi must sell their longtime Westport home because of Bernard Madoff, The New York Daily News said today.WestportNow.com Image
Alexander Schindler: Entrusted money to Madoff. File photo

The newspaper said Rhea Schindler, whose husband Alexander was a former head of the largest wing of Reform Judiasm, is also being forced to sell some of their most prized possessions. The sacred treasures were given to the former leader of the World Jewish Congress before his death in 2000 at the age of 75.

Schindler, “a leader of American Judaism often called ‘a giant of a man,’ entrusted all his life savings to Madoff, a flea of a man, and now every dollar is gone,” the Daily News said.

“Schindler’s 75-year-old widow Rhea, who with the rabbi raised five children, must now sell the home they shared in Westport, Conn. Photos of the couple dot the walls of their home like musical notes, posed with Pope John Paul, with the Dalai Lama, with Anwar Sadat.”

Sunday, March 8, 2009


2 a.m. – Daylight Savings Time begins, set clocks ahead 1 hour
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Preemptive Resistances”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Second Edition,” altered books by artists from Greens Farms Academy
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Friends Winter Book Sale
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – WACky Family Sunday “Art of the Americas: Native American Art”
3 p.m. – Suzuki Music School (212 Post Road West) – Pillow Concert Series with pianist Dr. Elina Christova

Working to Preserve Main Street Memories

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About half a dozen Westporters met at the Westport Historical Society today to develop plans for a “Main Street Memories” project that would be a retrospective of the history of Westport’s Main Street. The project may involve a brochure, Web component and a gallery exhibit. Those with maps, photos, films, and other Main Street-related items are urged to contact the Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Bikini Brigade

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Residents from around the region, including the Saint Joseph High School Cadets from Trumbull, took part in today’s Special Olympics Penguin Plunge at Westport’s Compo Beach. Encouraged by the warm weather, more than 450 plungers representing individuals, teams and school groups joined to support individuals with intellectual disabilities and raise funds for Special Olympics sports training programs and competitions. Each person had to contribute a minimum donation of $50. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Westport Students Debut Art in Bridgeport

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Four students from Westport’s Staples High School received guests at the opening reception Friday night of their art work at the Day One Skate Shop and Art Space, 605 Brewster St., Bridgeport. Consisting of photos and paintings, the exhibit will be on display through the end of March. Pictured are (l-r) Luke Clerkin, Caleb Weiss, Russell Barsanti, DayOne Skate shop owner Jeff Walsh, and Harry Moritz. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo