May 20, 2019

Federation Annual Meeting and Luncheon…

… is on Thursday, May 24th at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, starting at 9 am.

This is a reminder to all members who would like to attend, our honoree will be long-time “secretaire extraordinaire” Jan Helper.

Send your check for $40 made out to “Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland” to Arlene Mazer and note that you would like to be seated with the Brandeis group and dietary restrictions, if any.  For any questions or more information contact Ruth Casper or Roz Pearlman.

Boscov’s Fundraiser – October 16

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, BNC will once again be participating in the Boscov’s Department Store’s popular fundraising “Friends Helping Friends Day”.

Everyone who purchases a $5 shopping pass will receive a 25% discount on purchases made during the “Friends Helping Friends Day” and be eligible for door prizes.  BNC gets to keep $5 for each ticket sold.  We will begin selling at the closing luncheon.

Matt Crenson Featured Speaker at Closing Meeting

Save Thursday, May 17th for our Closing Meeting & Luncheon… at Suburban Country Club, 11am.

Our featured speaker is Matthew Crenson, professor emeritus of political science at Johns Hopkins University.   His topic is “Baltimore: Mobtown or Charm City?”

Just over one hundred years ago, an author with strong Baltimore ties published The Personality of American Cities.  The notion that cities have personalities – durable and distinctive cultures, characters, or traditions – survives today.  Baltimore’s personality is distinctive.  (Some would say quirky.)  Its development can be traced back to the town’s earliest days, and over the centuries that followed the city acquired a split personality – part Mobtown and part Charm City.

General Meeting with Speaker – Thursday, April 19

… at the Hadassah Meeting Room.

Board Meeting at noon.   Speaker, Sheila Derman at 1pm.

Very active in the Jewish community, Sheila currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Jewish Council as well as on that of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). She is the immediate past President of the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland.  Currently, she is a member of the board of the Baltimore County Historical Trust as well as parliamentarian and commissioner on the Baltimore County Commission for Women.

With a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia, Sheila has been a practicing pharmacist for 55 years. She is a community consultant for Medicare Part D and participates regularly in “Pharmacy Days” at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis.  She recently represented Baltimore Chain Store pharmacies at a National “RX Input Day” on Capitol Hill.  A long time member of Hadassah’s Washington Action Office Task Force, she is currently working with the National PRAZE division to implement the new “Day in the District” initiative.  Sheila is a Past President of Hadassah of Greater Baltimore and Area Vice-President of Hadassah’s Northern Seaboard Region.

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.

Book Discussion – Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller

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

Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation, South Dakota. Two Native American cousins, Rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson, though bound by blood and by land, find themselves at odds as they grapple with the implications of their shared heritage. When escalating anger toward the injustices, historical and current, inflicted upon the Lakota people by the federal government leads to tribal divisions and infighting, the cousins go in separate directions: Rick chooses the path of peace; You Choose, violence.

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


Board Members:  If you can’t make it to a board meeting. please call or text Diane Burkom with your regrets!

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