May 21, 2019

Stamp Project

Since 2008, students at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Maryland have been collecting postage stamps. Why?  They want to collect 6 million stamps.

For many people, the concept of 6 million of anything is hard to grasp. When an English teacher at Mt. Hebron was trying to help her students understand the immensity of the Holocaust while they were reading Elie Wiesel’s “Night”, she remembered The Paper Clips Project.  Middle school students in Whitwell, TN created a monument for the Holocaust victims of Nazi Germany.  The project started in 1998 as an 8th grade project to study other cultures.  It then evolved into one gaining worldwide attention.

The Mt. Hebron teacher thought her students could do the same with postage stamps. Everyone receives mail and could easily tear off the used stamps to bring to school. Plus, many stamps have faces on them – what better way to represent the 6 million Jewish people who perished in the Holocaust!

Six million is an enormous number!  After almost eleven years, the school has collected over 4 million stamps. Many community groups are supporting the school’s efforts and now BNC – Baltimore Chapter is joining this campaign.

We ask that you please remove stamps from mail you receive and bring them to any BNC event.  Our Live and Learn class facilitators as well as meeting leaders will collect the stamps and give them to Merle Ann Siegelman, the board member who suggested this project. Or, you may mail them directly to her at:

Merle Ann Siegelman

6205 Sareva Drive

Baltimore, MD 21209

Those of you who are stamp collectors might consider donating duplicates to this wonderful project.

At some time in the future, we will arrange to visit Mt. Hebron, present them with our stamps, and view student displays created over the years with the different stamps. Please support this worthy cause so the next generation continues to understand the magnitude of the Holocaust as we all work to reduce hatred in the world.

 

Spring/Fall Fashion Fundraiser

Please join us for one or both of these unique museum experiences

$10 each or $15 for both (payable to BNC), plus the cost of museum admission on day of trip

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – Jewish Museum of Maryland

Stitching History from the Holocaust brings to life the innovative dress designs of Hedy Strnad. Hedy and her husband Paul originally sent these designs to Paul’s cousins in America as part of their effort to escape Prague in 1939. That effort ultimately failed, and these beautiful dresses serve not only as a unique memorial for a lost talent, but also as a touchstone for discussion of the human cost of the Holocaust and the plight of refugee populations.

Fashion Statement will ask visitors to consider how a man’s black hat can signal religious expression or a fur coat can communicate a woman’s aspirations. Visitors will consider everyday clothing from club jackets to political tee shirts, military and civilian uniforms to “must-have” accessories, and explore how those everyday objects amplify (and sometimes disguise) identity and affiliation.

A docent will take us through these two exhibits at 1:00 pm, followed by an optional tour of the Lloyd Street Synagogue at 2:00 pm. Free for museum members, $5 for non-members. Limited to 25 attendees. Carpools will be arranged at different times to accommodate those who want to first eat at Attman’s and/or those who do not want to stay for the synagogue tour.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 – Maryland Historical Society

Spectrum of Fashion will feature over 3000 original items of fashion covering four centuries. Each piece displayed will have had a genealogical search and background information will be presented.

A docent will take us through this exhibit at 1:00 pm to explain how the exhibit came together, the stories that the pieces tell, and will look some of the highlights of the gallery. Free for museum members, $10 for non-members. Minimum of 10 attendees.

RSVP by sending a check payable to BNC-Baltimore to Rona Greene, 1 Falling Leaf Court, Owings Mills MD 21117. Questions? Call the Fundraising co-chairs Rona Greene 410-252-2118 or Judy Stein 410-484-0278

Proceeds benefit Brandeis University’s Magnify the Mind Campaign

103rd Federation Annual Convention

Program: Women’s Empowerment: Past, Present, Future
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 2:30pm
Location: Temple Oheb Shalom
Honoring women from each of our constituent organizations with the Women Who Empower Award. Come and support our honoree, Judy Stein.
Cost: $40 (includes lunch) Send check payable to The Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland to Arlene Mazer, 6 Halston Court, Baltimore, MD 21209

Bonus Trip 2019

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 11:00 am we will be visiting the Sephardic Center at Ohr Hamizrach Congregation on Park Heights Ave. After a one hour tour of the center we will have an optional buffet lunch of Iranian food (including drinks and dessert) along with a discussion with Daniel Golfeiz to hear about his personal story and the history of the synagogue. The trip is free (except for $22.50 for lunch) for all BNC members who paid for four or more courses this year, along with all facilitators, instructors, and hosts. Others may attend for an additional cost of $10 payable to BNC. If you are not eligible, and did not register for this trip already, please contact Diane Burkom at 410-486-4972.

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.

Opening Meeting – Thursday, September 18

paris-arOur opening meeting will begin at 11 am at the Suburban Country Club. Lunch will be served, and guaranteed to be delicious.

Our presenter will be Charles Belfoure, author of The Paris Architect.  In occupied Paris during World War II, a gentile architect designs hiding places for Jews escaping the Germans.

Charles Belfoure is an author and architect who lives in Westminster MD. A graduate of the Pratt Institute and Columbia University, his practice is in historic preservation working as both an architect and historic preservation consultant.

Fund Raiser at Boscov’s

Boscov’s Is Doing It Again!
Shop at any Boscov’s and help BNC at the same time!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 10am to 9pm.
Your entire $5 donation and all shopping pass proceeds will benefit BNC!
Refreshments, Door Prizes, Entertainment
25% Discount Shopping Pass
Tickets will be available at the Opening Meeting or from our fund-raising chairs.

General Meeting Featuring Amy Landau

Amy Landau. PhD.

Amy Landau. PhD.

We are pleased to announce Amy Landau as our guest speaker for the November 14th General Meeting at 1:30 at the Hadassah Meeting Room.  She will be speaking on Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue.

(Readers: Click “Read More…” then click the underlined links for more info about Ms Landau and the Synagogue.)

Fund Raiser at California Pizza Kitchen

Get your flyer from Mona Berman and present it to your server,
and 20% of your check will be donated to BNC.

Hunt Valley Towne Center – 118 Shawan Rd
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 11am to 10pm

Deis Flicks

Film:  Father’s Footsteps, Coming of Age as an Israeli-French Filmmaker.  Thursday May 30th at 1:30pm at the Hadassah Meeting Room.
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Please RSVP Sandy Montuori

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