June 1, 2023

Federation March Meeting

Save the date – Registration instructions coming soon!

Lunch with Anne at Gramercy

Please Join us for a Very Special Event

On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 11 am, we join owner Anne Pomykala
for a tour of the Gramercy Mansion’s landscaped gardens, with lunch
to follow. Maximum 20 attending • $40 per person includes lunch •
Tours conducted rain or shine • Menu to be provided • No refunds.

Send check to Irene Palter, Registrar, to attend.

Federation Convention for 2022

Save the Date and watch for your Invitation

Virtual Opening Meeting and Luncheon

Join us on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:30 am for our opening meeting! We will join together virtually to hear Barbara Blumberg speak about Unknown Women Who Changed the World

After earning a B.S. from Towson University, Barbara served the Baltimore City School System for three years. For the next 25 years, she taught in the Secular Division of Beth Tfiloh Community Day School. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Baltimore County, has taught at the Myerberg Center, in the Osher program at Towson University, the Har Sinai Oheb Shalom “Spice” series, and The Lecture Group, along with many other charitable organizations.

Boxed lunch will be provided by Atwater’s, with pickup available starting at 10 am on Thursday, September 23 from Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

To RSVP and arrange payment of the $20 cost, please call Deane Sevel 410-484-0643. Upon receipt of your reservation we will send a Zoom link to your email.

2021 – 2022 Board Meetings

Board Meetings for the 2021 – 2022 season will be held at 1:00 pm on the following Thursdays:

  • November 18, 2021
  • December 16, 2021
  • NEW DATE – January 20, 2022 – start time of NOON with Book Review to follow
  • February 17, 2022
  • March 17, 2022
  • April 21, 2022

Check the website closer to each date to find a Zoom link or physical location details. Any BNC member may attend any Board Meeting.

Brandeis Community Book Discussion – NEW DATE

 On January 20, 2022 at 1:00 we will hear a book talk about this year’s new student reading assignment Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by distinguished philosopher of science and skilled scuba diver Peter Godfrey-Smith. The talk will include a video recording of the author interacting with students.

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 burkom@verizon.net

Week of June 21 – June 25

Wednesday, June 23, 1:30 pm – Exploring the Best in Jewish Literature (continued) – Session 3

Explore more of the best in 19th – 21st century Jewish authors through selected works. We will be including women’s literary contributions, Nobel Prize winners, and rare finds. Participants are encouraged to add their own notable picks.

Text:  Oxford Book of Jewish Stories  Edited by Ilan Stavans

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:  jewishwomensfed.org

Boscov’s Fundraiser

 This year you can shop for two days, October 14 and 15, either in store or online (https://www.boscovs.com)to 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.

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