November 22, 2019

BNC Baltimore Coming to You

Because many of our life members and those from previous years now live in retirement residences, some of whom with mobility issues, the Baltimore Chapter of BNC will offer visits from present members to these homes, bringing activities to share or simply providing companionship while maintaining an association with Brandeis.

Two or more present members will schedule these meetings well in advance. Residents may bring any friends to these get-togethers they may wish. We look forward to visiting with our past and life members. If you would like to request such a visit, or you would like to join us in making these visits, please call or email Leslie Sandler, 410-443-6366 or, or Suzanne Strutt, 410-561-5516 or

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.


November 2019 Board/General Meeting

Join us on Thursday, November 21st at 12 pm for our Chapter Board Meeting, and stay for our featured speaker at 1 pm. Lt. Colonel Sheldon A. Goldberg, USAF (Ret), Ph.D.  will speak on Jews in the Defense of the US Since 1654. This event is free so bring your friends! Held in the meeting room of Hadassah, 3723 Old Court Road, 2nd floor.

Dr. Sheldon Goldberg spent half his career in Europe.  Upon his retirement from the Air Force in 1985, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, retiring after 16 years in 2002.  He is currently a docent/historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington DC where he lectures on the participation of American Jews in the US military since pre-Colonial times.

Day in Philadelphia – December 3, 2019

Come join us for a special day trip to the National Museum of Jewish American History in Philadelphia on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. 

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is the first retrospective of her extraordinary life and career.  The exhibit marries immersive 3-dimensional environments with historic artifacts to bring key moments in RBG’s personal and professional story to life.  Justice Ginsburg acquired the nickname Notorious RBG after a series of fiery, record-breaking dissents she gave from the Supreme Court bench in 2013.  Most vividly, she protested the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, comparing the decision to “throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”

8:00am      Bus will leave Greenspring Shopping Center
A light breakfast will be served
10:00am     Docent-led tour of the exhibit
Free time in the museum after the tour
Lunch – on your own at Reading Terminal
5:30pm      Bus arrives back in Baltimore

Cost: $70 for members and guests – RSVP by sending a check payable to BNC-Baltimore to Beverly Silberman, 2 High Stepper Court, #106, Pikesville, MD 21208           

QUESTIONS: email Rena Shenk –

January 2020 General Meeting – Book Review

Our annual book discussion will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 1:00 at the Hadassah Office on Old Court Road, following a board meeting at noon. Both the board meeting and book discussion are open to all so please join us and bring your friends. The book to be discussed this year is Swing Time, written in 2016 by Zadie Smith. The book was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The author’s talk on campus with Brandeis students will be recorded and we will watch and listen as she discusses her book with them.

Swing Time is the story of two brown skinned girls who both dream of being dancers, but whose lives take very different paths. Written in first person by the unnamed narrator, we follow the girls from their childhood in London to the narrator’s life in West Africa, and back again to their childhood homes. According to NPR Reviewer Annalisa Quinn “Swing Time breaks the idea that we can ever come to a concrete identity, or reach the safe plains of self-knowledge. Identity is rather an exchange between people, a shifting topography, where the ground can collapse at any moment. The women of Swing Time are case studies in the different ways people hunt for an identity. With Swing Time, Zadie Smith identifies the impossible contradiction all adults are asked to maintain — be true to yourself, and still contain multitudes; be proud of your heritage, but don’t be defined by it. She frays the cords that keep us tied to our ideas of who we are, to our careful self-mythologies. Some writers name, organize, and contain; Smith lets contradictions bloom, in all their frightening, uneasy splendor. Unnamed, unsure, neither black nor white, the narrator is fittingly indistinct in this brilliant novel about the illusions of identity.”

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

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