Edith Chaifetz

cas_bd_echaifetz11Edith Chaifetz was the president and owner of Brooklawn Travel, Inc. in Bridgeport and Fairfield for 20 years until her retirement in 2004. Born in Germany as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Edith and her family immigrated to the United States settling in Worcester Massachusetts in 1949. She has been involved in numerous community organizations as an officer or board member for many years including Congregation Beth El in Fairfield, the Jewish Federation of Eastern Fairfield County, the Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield County Foundation, the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation, and the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast. Together with her husband David, she co-chairs the National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Sarasota, Florida.

Edith and David became actively involved with Fairfield University in 2001 when they worked together with Ellen M. Umansky, Ph.D. who is Fairfield's Carl Dorothy Bennett chair in Judaic Studies and director of the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies to create an annual Scholar-in-Residence program. This program brings prominent scholars on various Jewish topics to teach classes on campus, to make public lectures to the Fairfield community and interact with University faculty and administration.

Edith and her husband David lived in Fairfield for over 35 years raising three children before moving to Sarasota in 2005. They now have eight grandchildren. Both Edith and David are serving on Fairfield's College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board.