July 5, 2020

Closing Meeting


Thursday, May 17 at 11 am, at the Suburban Country Club.

Speaker/Author To Be Announced. 


Board Meeting Location Change

Due to a conflict with a Hadassah program, the next Brandeis National Committee (BNC) Baltimore Chapter Board Meeting (which is open to all chapter members) will now be held on Thursday, October 19 at 1:00 in the Kreitzer Memorial Room of Beth El Synagogue, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Pikesville. Parking is on the back of Beth El and the entrance to the building is from the back parking lot.

All meeting attendees should arrive at least 15-20 minutes before the start of the 1:00 meeting to have enough time to register with Security located in the lobby of Beth El. A picture ID must be presented to security and then an ID label will be provided.

Once registered with Security, make a left past the security station and go through the double doors to the first room on the right immediately past the cross hall.

Since not all BNC members have provided email addresses, please share this information with anyone else who might be interested in attending this month’s meeting.

Thank you,
Diane Burkom
Vice President, BNC Baltimore

Board Meeting with Guest Speaker

Thursday, November 16th at the Hadassah Meeting Room.  Board meeting at noon, speaker at 1pm.

Susan Sullam will speak on World War II: How Americans Rescued Europe’s Plundered Wealth.  The movie “The Monuments Men” told only part of a much larger story.  In 2013, Baltimore resident Susan Fisher Sullam uncovered hundreds of pages of top secret and classified files that belonged to her late father detailing the final, harrowing months of World War II.

As a member of General Eisenhower’s staff, Joel Fisher kept secret memos and papers detailing how Americans located and secured billions of dollars worth of gold, silver and currency plundered by the Nazis from the treasuries of occupied Europe.  His documents detailed how Americans had one month to recover Europe’s plundered wealth, cultural treasures and possessions of victims of the Holocaust before the Nazis could ship it to Switzerland or the Russians could get their hands on it.

Joel Fisher never discussed what he did during the war; however, Susan was able to piece his story together 17 years after his death. Her article was published in June, 2014 in the Washington Post Magazine.

Important Board Member Rule


Board Members:  If you can’t make it to a board meeting. please call or text Diane Burkom with your regrets!

Bring a Book (or Two) to Our Meetings


Put it on the front table. It will catch the eye of members, and we’ll sell it!

If no one buys it, please take it home so it won’t get lonely.

New & Prospective Member Welcoming Event

Wednesday, September 6, 1 pm Free to all at the Hadassah Meeting Room, 3723 Old Court Road.

Bring your friends for an introduction to BNC and enjoy a very funny film, The Legend of Jewish Humor with many great Jewish comedians. New members especially are invited to attend. We’ll start with refreshments and time to mingle.

Members register for Course #18 even though it’s free.  Facilitators: Brenda Cohen, 581-2229 • Diane Burkom, 486-4972

New Live & Learn Program Booklet

Members wishing to take a peek at our new Live & Learn Programs booklet will be gratified to know that it is here.   Well, you have to click “Read More…” first.

Also, updates & booklet updates are listed at this address.

Fund Raiser

Tuesday, October 17th at all Boscov’s locations, Whitemarsh & Westminster… 9am-11pm.

Get a $5 shopping pass at meetings, or by calling Rona Greene.
Entitles you to 25% off apparel, shoes, undies, bridge & fashion jewelry, 15% off cosmetics and fragrances, fine jewelry, watches, domestics, luggage, home decor, optical & salon products, and athletic footwear.  10% off small appliances, toys, oriental rugs.
Free refreshments & shopping spree prizes!!!!!

The Bonus Trip – Wednesday, June 21

The BNC Bonus Trip to see Outstanding Tiffany Art Glass in Baltimore is Wednesday, June 21, from 10:30 am to 3 pm.

Those registered for at least 4 courses, facilitators, instructors, and hosts will first have a guided tour of the Tiffany galleries at the Baltimore Museum of Art, followed by lunch at Gertrude’s, prix-fixe at your own expense.

Then we will tour the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, where James Schuman, Church Elder and experienced guide, will share his extensive knowledge of the twelve stunning Tiffany windows, two of which are the largest in the world.

Prearranged guests may come too for $10 each.

Opening Meeting – Thursday, Sept 7, 11am …

… featuring guest author Gary Vikan, former director of the Walters Art Museum.

His latest lively and engaging book is “Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Art Director”.  Vikan is an exquisite story teller with the courage to reveal what goes on behind the scenes.

More information about Gary Vikan is at his web page.

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