July 12, 2020

Join Us for For “A PROVOCATIVE DISCUSSION”

PLAN TO JOIN US ON
TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH
from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
FOR A PROVOCATIVE DISCUSSION OF IMPORTANT ISSUES,
VALUES AND BELIEFS
CONFRONTING THE
JEWISH COMMUNITY TODAY.
Moderated by Justin Regan,
journalist, former public radio host/reporter, and podcaster
of The American Rabbi Project
Justin will be joined by our panelists:
Rabbi Lisa Bock
Instructor, Officiant,
Religious Leader of the Jewish community of Ojai
Rabbi Michele Paskow
Spiritual Leader of Congregation B’nai Emet,
Simi Valley
Rabbi Ari Averbach
Spiritual Leader of Temple Etz Chaim,
Thousand Oaks

Message from Your Co Presidents:

Message from Your Co Presidents – winter 2020:

Dear Members,

Well, winter is almost upon us and we have been busy, here in Conejo Valley. We continue to hear from our members, how much Brandeis National Committee has to offer and how much we gain; friendship, learning, support, community involvement, opportunity for self expression, and personal growth. Great news: We have again been designated as one of the 4 chapters in the country as “Chapters of the Year”. We are grateful for your participation and support over the year and to our wonderful Board, which makes things happen, we say THANK YOU to you all! And let’s remember the foundation of BNC: as we enjoy all of those things, we contribute to Brandeis University, its research in neurodegenerative disease, and to the library, the foundation of a university. Elaine and I thank you for all you have done in the past year and we look forward to continue with you the 2019-2020 year.

We have begun a terrific Community Outreach project and so many of you participated in October, in bringing food for and feeding the homeless and needy people. In August we prepared Braille books for blind children.

Our Fall luncheon and boutique was a hoot and many of us shopped til we dropped.

In December we will have Klezmer music and we dare you to sit still while they play. Come join us. And in January we have our University on Wheels at Braemar Country Club. Lets all have a great showing along with the SFV and Los Angeles Chapters.

Browse our website to find pictures of your friends, and maybe YOU, learning and having fun.

So lets join in and continue to excel, learn, enjoy and reach out.

Happy Holiday Season, Judy and Elaine

 

Your presidents,

Judy Perlman judithfp@gmail.com
Elaine Bercy cyberbercy@aol.com,

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD or PRINT FULL CALENDAR

SAVE THE DATE FOR UOW (University on Wheels)

Brandeis University and BNC Present
University on Wheels
powered by the Conejo Valley, San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Chapters

Civil Liberties and the Fifth Amendment

What are your Fifth Amendment rights? Can your “right to remain silent” be used against you in a court of law? The answers may surprise you.

Join us for a fascinating presentation by Daniel Breen, Sr. Lecturer in Legal Studies at Brandeis University. Dr. Breen is an expert in American law as it relates to the history of the Republic. He will discuss legal cases, both historic and more recent that have led to the modern debate over the Fifth Amendment now raging in state and federal courts throughout the country.

You won’t want to miss this very special program!
UOW was a sell-out last year and those without reservations were turned away at the door.
Sign up now!

Date: January 10th
Time: 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Cost: $50.00*
(includes a delicious brunch of bagels, lox, eggs, & more)
Braemar Country Club
4001 Reseda Blvd
Tarzana Ca 91356

Any amount over $39 is considered a donation to benefit Brandeis University’s Sustaining the Mind fund in support of medical research to find cures for neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS.

Study group updates – Check whats happening with our Study Groups!

Study Group monthly news & updates


Consider joining in the fun!


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GENTLEMEN!
What are your needs and interests involving Brandeis Conejo Valley?

Creation and development of small and major events of interest to men?
What would make you interested in bringing your gentlemen friends into BNC Conejo?
Might your special interest be a men’s group for bridge? Investments? Legal cases? Life experiences? Opera? Rock? Sports viewing? Walking? Gym rats? Wine or beer or whisky tasting? You name it!
Interested in leadership such as leading a group, serving as Group V.P., serving on a committee or the board?

We have about 170 men in our chapter, about one-fourth the total membership, and we want to hear from you. Join us for a brainstorming session (time and date to be discussed) Interested? Email Paul Fisher at poluxe2015@gmail.com

Exceptional Study Groups for your consideration!

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New Groups in the planning stages

Contact: Janet Brasler (click here to send email directly to Janet) Jbrazlips@gmail.com

 

  • Men’s Mahj
  • Men’s Chess / Hearts
  • Couples Critical Thinking
  • Ladies Canasta
  • Couples on the Town
  • Couples Games
  • Ladies Instructional Mahj
  • New Ladies on the Town with an Art Focus
  • New Ladies on the Town

Contact Jessie Pearlman (click here to send email directly to Jessie) jbrra@aol.com

Have we got a match for you…….Searching for couples interested in starting a Current Events and/or Movie Group.

Contact: Frona DeCovnick (click here to send email directly to Frona) kidzathart@aol.com

Let’s Talk – previously 4 in One – 2nd Tuesday beginning January 11th. Coffee and socializing begin at 10:00 followed by a discussion including anything of interest to the women members, except politics! Lunch afterwards. carolovestan@gmail.com – 818 716 0887 for additional info.

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Space in Existing Study Groups

Contact: Frona DeCovnick (click here to send email directly to Frona) kidzathart@aol.com

 

  • Women Behind the Presidents (2nd Thursday at 1:00 pm)
  • Life and Times – Discussion Group: (3rd Tuesday at 10:00 am)
  • Women in Transition 2nd Monday 10:00 am A feminine forum for exchanging ideas and perspectives on issues impacting women and their relationships.
  • Anything Goes – 2nd Thursday 10:00 Ladies discussion group
  • Crafty Needles – Group Projects (3rd Thursday at 2:30 pm)
  • Roots Pursuit – Genealogy (4th Thursday at 1:00 pm)
  • Short Story Book Club (2nd Wednesday at 1:00 pm)

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Contact: Janet Brasler (click here to send email directly to Janet) Jbrazlips@gmail.com

 

  • Soulful Strollers – 1st Monday 1:00 pm
  • Art & About – 4th Thursday
  • Just for Fun – 4th Wednesday

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Contact Jessie Pearlman (click here to send email directly to Jessie) jbrra@aol.com

 

  • Women in the Know 2nd Tuesday, 1:00 pm in the Calabasas Library Multipurpose Room – Ladies current event discussions
  • Legal Divas 2nd Monday 10:30 Women’s Legal Puzzler group
  • Legal Eagles 2nd Thursday 1:00 Women’s Legal Puzzler group
  • Drama Queens – various Fri. nights/Sat./Sun afternoons monthly – depending on the musical, drama, comedy being enjoyed in a variety of locations scattered throughout the greater LA area.

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THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Have a desire to create a specific Study Group? Simple alert us as to what your heart desires!


Contact us if this or any other on the Study Group list interests you. Also check out the web site on regular bases to see more of what is available.

and DO NOT FORGET to RSVP.


We also feel that there are a few groups that really need defining:

“On the Town” groups go someplace exciting and interesting every month. That includes educational, recreational, dining, crafts, and charity excursions.

“Pot Pourri” groups are a combination of events. They include trips to places you will enjoy and discussion and demonstrations of interest.

“Life and Times” groups” discuss first a “woman of history” and then a topic of interest. These can range from what a first aid kit should include to an era in history.

“Lunch & Learn” group members enjoy a great lunch and a lecture from a person of interest arranged by the group’s members.

Remember, if you have a question about any Study Group, contact the appropriate V.P.
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Just a quick reminder. All those checks you are making out for Study Groups, don’t forget to make them out to: “Brandeis University”.

And, by the way, don’t forget to renew your membership by either mailing in your check to National or online at giving.brandeis.edu/bncrenew

REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE ANY STUDY GROUP QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS, JUST CONTACT ONE OF THE THREE OF US AND WE WILL HELP YOU.

FRONA DeCOVNICK – kidzathart@aol.com (click here to send email directly to Frona)

JESSIE PEARLMAN – jbrra@aol.com (click here to send email directly to Jessie)

JANET BRASLER – jbrazlips@gmail.com (click here to send email directly to Janet)


Contact for Tribute Cards:
Florence Prushan – florenceprushan@me.com

and order Brent’s Cards:
Jackie Kantor – Jkantor35@gmail.com(for the San Fernando Valley and Calabasas)
and Carol Smith – carolovestan@gmail.com (for Westlake, Thousand Oaks and Agoura)

 

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Just a quick reminder. All those checks you are making out for Study Groups, don’t forget to make them out to: “Brandeis University”. The bank is a bit picky and does not want the money to go to the wrong place.

And, by the way, don’t forget to renew your membership by either mailing in your check to National or online at giving.brandeis.edu/bncrenew

REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE ANY STUDY GROUP QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS, JUST CONTACT ONE OF THE THREE OF US AND WE WILL HELP YOU.

SUE GEIGER – sgeiger75@gmail.com (click here to send email directly to Sue)

ELLIE PULS – norm0020@yahoo.com (click here to send email directly to Ellie)

JANET BRASLER – jbrazlips@gmail.com (click here to send email directly to Janet)

ORIENTATION COFFEE FOR NEW AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS

CONEJO VALLEY CHAPTER INVITES YOU TO ATTEND 
AN ORIENTATION COFFEE ESPECIALLY DESIGNED
TO SHOW NEW AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS 
ALL WE HAVE TO OFFER.
 
As a current or future member of the greatest BNC chapter that there is, you should know all that is available to you. I know that you have met many of our wonderful members who are so very dedicated to the research and scholarship of Brandeis University.  But have you found out all that we can offer YOU with our two exciting annual luncheons per year, our informative special events, and, of course, our stimulating study groups? You can even sign up for your favorite study groups now.
 
We are planning this orientation for Wednesday, September 11 at 9:30 A.M. for socializing and then beginning the meeting at 10:00. It will be at the home of our gracious member, Elaine Blonder, and we will fill you in on all the areas of Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter that you can take advantage of and enjoy.
Please RSVP to Elaine Leff:  elainel@socal.rr.com to get address to the event

GAME DAY IS BACK!!!

BRANDEIS NATIONAL COMMITTEE
THE CONEJO VALLEY CHAPTER
INVITES YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS
TO ENJOY

GAME DAY

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21st, 2019
10:00 – 3:00
Admission: $65 Per Person

NORTH RANCH COUNTRY CLUB
4761 VALLEY SPRING RD – WESTLAKE VILLAGE

Enjoy the game of your choice, door prizes and a truly elegant buffet luncheon.

Please CLICK HERE to download your invitation and mail to the address on the form!

All proceeds benefit research at Brandeis University to find cures for Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s and other neuro-degenerative diseases

SOCIAL JUSTICE/COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE/SUNSHINE

SOCIAL JUSTICE/COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE/SUNSHINE

Summer 2019:
Your assistance is requested as we continue to actively be invoived in the SOCIAL JUSTICE/COMMUNITY SERVICE component of our chapter. Kindly consider lending your support to our efforts. For more information on how you can be participate contact:

Elaine Leff – elaine@socal.rr.com Janet Brasler – jbrazlips@gmail.com 

  • Dots for Tots – On August 28th and 29th, we will be working with the Braille Institute to prepare board books for children (for more informations CLICK HERE!).
  • Community Dinner – Wednesday, October 23rd, in conjunction with TAE – we will be feeding 50 food insecure people in our community.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Saturday, October 26th

~~ Non-perishable food for the Manna Food Pantry will be collected at our Special Events through-out the year.

~~ We conduct an ongoing collection of Sunday Comics & Parade Magazines for the Troops & aluminum can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

~~ In December, Toys will be collected for Jewish Family Service’s SOVA Community Resource Service.

Do you have a personal connection to a local charitable organization? We are always looking for ways that our members can be of service. Do check our website frequently for other Social Justice opportunities!


Committee members Elaine Leff, Jessie Pearlman, Sharon Billone, Margie Bauer and Elisa Lazarus put together 100 gift bags for parents staying at Ronald Mc Donald House while their children are being treated at Children’s Hospital.

We are collecting toiletries and gift items for Ronal McDonald House and SOVA.

3 Study Groups: “The Happy Wanderers”; “Lunch/Salon” and “Day Time Trotters” donated lovely gift items brought during their annual planning meetings. Those gift items were donated to Conejo Valley Charities.

We delivered toys, food and gift bags to Ronald Mc Donald House during this holiday season. House staff, volunteers and parents of children were welcoming and very appreciative. We enjoyed a heartfelt-delightful and fun afternoon with lots of hugs and kisses.


MITZVAH MAVENS 

We are a group of gals pleased to be of service to preform the MITZVAH of being at a home while mourners are attending a funeral. We will let in the delivery of the food so it will be set-up for the return of the mourners.

If you are interested and would enjoy doing this Mitzvah {we welcome you} or if you need this MITZVAH call Gertie Sanders 805-230-1252 or Judy Perlman 818 878 0483.
Gertie will then contact one of the MAVENS.
(There is a Bereavement Support Group that meets at Temple Etz Chaim, Thousand Oaks the 2nd. and 4th. Wednesday From 9:30am. to 10:30am. Call for more information to: 805-497-6891. NO CHARGE. )

The Mavens are: Jessie Pearlman. Bev Sklar. Elaine Blonder. Elaine Leff Frona DeCovnick.

 


OUTREACH:

Many of our members want to do even more to contribute to others in need. So we have begun an OUTREACH COMMITTEE where we engage in a helping project. Our first project will be DOTS FOR TOTS, pasting dots into children’s books to be used for blind children. STAY TUNED for dates , probably in February for our first project. We will ask for volunteers.


 

 

ANOTHER EXCITING BRANDEIS CONEJO VALLEY SPECIAL EVENT

Mark Your Calendar for
Wednesday, March 13th

Burt Sigal, Engineer and Scientist, will discuss Technological Change and the Future of Work and Jobs, He will explore some of these changes, their impacts, and the variety of positive and negative “unintended consequences” and conjecture about what might lie ahead.

Burt had worked in aerospace, commercial companies, and for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena. He has lectured at AJU, the Skirball, Pierce’s Encore Program, and Savvy Seniors, to name a few.

Wednesday, March 13th at 1:00 -2:30 PM
Agoura Hills Calabasas Community Center
27040 Malibu Hills Road
Calabasas, CA 9130

Tickets are $20 a person if reserved in advance
or $22 at the door.

R.S.V.P. to:
Jessie jbrra@aol.com
or Frona: kidzathart@aol.com

Mail checks (payable to Brandeis University)
with names of attendees to
Frona DeCovnick,
5544 Ranthom Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Any amount over $2.50 is considered a donation to Brandeis University’s Magnify the Mind Campaign to find cures for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s.

BOOKS ‘N BRUNCH

*SAVE THE DATE*
BOOKS ‘N BRUNCH
TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019
NORTH RANCH COUNTRY CLUB
WESTLAKE VILLAGE
RETURN ENGAGEMENT BACK BY POPULAR DEMANDLISA SEE

We are thrilled to have Ms. See back with us to talk about her newest book, “Island of Sea Women”.

Don’t miss this exciting event.

 

Brandeis University on Wheels – Tuesday. January 8th, 2019

Brandeis University on Wheels – Tuesday. January 8th, 2019

We are teaming up again with two other chapters for this event. Join the Conejo Valley, San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Chapters on Tuesday, January 8th to learn and enjoy a presentation by Brandeis Professor Ryan McKittrick .

The American Musical from the 19th Century to “Hamilton”

Professor McKittrick’s presentation includes the evolution of the American musical from its roots in the 19th century through the 20th century (“Showboat,” “Porgy and Bess,” “South Pacific,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cabaret”) to current Broadway hits, including “Waitress” and “Hamilton.” His talk will feature scenes from famous film adaptations, as well as clips from more recent productions.

Ryan McKittrick is Assistant Professor of Theater Arts at Brandeis University and the Director of Artistic Programs/Dramaturg at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). Working with directors from around the world, he has served as the lead dramaturg on more than thirty professional productions of dramas, musicals, and operas, over half of which were world premieres. His articles on theater have appeared in many publications.

Sign up now!

Date: January 8th
Time: 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Cost: $45.00 (includes a delicious Lox and Bagel Brunch)

BraeMar Country Club
4001 Reseda Blvd
Tarzana Ca 91356

Click here to download your order form.

Make checks payable to Brandeis University – Wrire “CONEJO UOW” on the memo line

Send your checks to:
Nomi Ron
3727 Canoga Ave #112
Woodland Hills CA 91367

Anything over $32.00 is a charitable contribution to the “Magnify the Mind” campaign which benefits research in Neurodegenerative diseases.

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