November 18, 2017

Jewish Baltimore

On Thursday, December 28th, 1:30 pm at the Hadassah Meeting Room.

The Baltimore Sun said, “Gilbert Sandler is our great rememberer”.  Born and raised in Baltimore, back home after service in the Navy, Mr. Sandler is a well known Baltimore Jewish historian.  Many of you have heard his Baltimore Stories on NPR.

Come hear him and bring your books to be signed when we show our last movie of the Jews in America series.  The movie is the PBS Documentary “Maryland Generations: The Jewish Experience”.

Call Leslie for reservations and further info at 410-433-6366.

Brandeis Community Book Discussion – Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Thursday, January 18 at 1 pm (Board Meeting at noon) at Hadassah Meeting Room.

Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.

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 #942


Board Members: If you can’t make it to a board meeting. call or text Suzanne 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!!!!!

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