May 11, 2021

Chapter General Meeting – Open to All

Please join us via Zoom on Thursday, February 18, at 1:30 pm when Suzanne Strutt will review the Brandeis Freshman Seminar book for this year, Tell Me How It Ends, An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli. Rather than excerpt portions of this slim volume, I quote the succinct indictments of our society that appear on the cover: “In the warrens of New York City’s federal immigration court, an adolescent boy from Honduras confronts a thoroughly confused immigration bureaucracy with the help of his translator, Ms. Luiselli. With our author as guide, we navigate the corridors of a system that tries and fails to reconcile America’s long-standing welcome . . . with its current fear and mistrust of immigrants.

“This is a most necessary book, and a unique one, from a writer whose clear-eyed intelligence and marvelous literary imagination make . . . her narratives a compelling read.

“An indictment of our treatment of undocumented children, a reckoning with our culpability for the dangers they are fleeing, and a damning confrontation between the ideals of the American dream and the reality of American racism and fear, this is required reading for [us all who are] concerned with human rights, human dignity, and our most fundamental responsibilities to each other.” A video recording of the author speaking to the students will accompany the review, with discussion by participants afterward. Invite your friends. The Zoom link will be sent to all a few days before the meeting.

Virtual Classes for Winter/Spring 2021 Now Available

Due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions, all Live and Learn Study Groups will be offered virtually through the Spring. These classes require a one-time registration fee of $36 payable to our Registrar, Irene Palter.

Available courses for the upcoming week will be listed here. Zoom links for these classes will be sent by email to all registered members. If you would like to attend a course and did not receive the link, please contact our Chapter President, Diane Burkom at

Week of May 10 – 14

Wednesday, May 12, 1:00 pm – Our Maryland Waterways

Join us to learn about the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the Inner Harbor and other Maryland Waterways. Our speaker will be Jen Aioso, Executive Director of Blue Waters. Q and A to follow her talk.


Upcoming Federation Meetings

Mark your calendar for the following upcoming Federation event via ZOOM:

104th ANNUAL CONVENTION (VIRTUAL) May 13, 2021 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Welcoming the Stranger
BNC Baltimore will honor our member Norma Axel, someone who always plans events to include everyone and let us learn all about Baltimore. Visit the Federation’s website to register:

Boscov’s Fundraiser

 This year you can shop for two days, October 14 and 15, either in store or online ( get a 20% discount on almost all purchases while still raising funds for Brandeis University! No shopping pass is required. Just tell the cashier, or indicate at checkout, that you are a member of the Brandeis Baltimore Women’s Committee. Then we will receive 5% of all sales. Tell your family and friends who might be located anywhere since anyone can shop online and name our organization.

Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland, Opening Meeting

Come and join the Federation for its virtual Opening Meeting via Zoom on October 15, 2020 from 9:30am – 11:30am

A Conversation with
Senator Barbara Mikulski: Challenges of
Leadership from a Woman’s Perspective

Make your reservation by emailing or calling 410-484-9604. Those who have a reservation will receive the ZOOM link via email shortly before the event.


All BNC Chapter Events Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all remaining chapter events from mid March through June, 2020 have been cancelled. Our Live & Learn Committee is currently meeting to plan virtual events for the fall. National dues can be paid through the online link on the website or by sending in a check. Dues will need to be paid by September 1, 2020 to participate in the FREE virtual classes sponsored by our chapter, other chapters around the country, and the National office. Please contact our chapter president, Diane Burkom, at or 410-486-4972 if you need anything or have any questions or concerns.

April 2020 General Meeting

Our general meeting on April 23 will take place at 1:00 pm at the Hadassah office on Old Court Road, preceded by a board meeting (open to all) at noon. We will show the documentary film, The Jewish Journey: America. The film explores what it meant to be part of a tight-knit Jewish community and make the heartbreaking choice to leave family behind, whether for economic opportunity or to escape persecution. Incredible archival photographs and footage bring to life the personal stories of first to fourth generation Americans who took a leap of faith and made it to America however they could.

Many of our Brandeis current and past members lived through the war years, some in Europe and some here in America, with different life stories. Following the movie we will hear from members and compare and contrast the varying experiences.

Miller’s Deli Fundraiser

Miller’s Deli is offering the Baltimore Chapter of BNC a Special Evening on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. From 4:30 pm till closing, Miller’s will donate 10% of the entire income for the evening, including Eat-in, Take-out, and Alcohol, to our chapter. Bring your family and friends to support this fundraiser!

2020 Closing Luncheon

Our closing luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday May 14 at 11:30 at the Suburban Country Club. We are fortunate to have Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt as our guest speaker. Her presentation will cover short and long-term goals as Chief of Police, what is being done about antisemitism in Baltimore County, including safety in schools and places of worship, as well as other topics of interest to Baltimore County residents. Watch for your invitation in the mail.

Chapter Board Meetings

Our final virtual board meeting for this program year will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 1:30 PM

The Zoom link for the meeting will be sent to all board members on the Tuesday before the scheduled meeting. Board meetings are open to all members, so if you would like to attend, please email Diane Burkom at to request the link.

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