June 19, 2019


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.


TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019


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.


Message from Your Co Presidents:

Message from Your Co Presidents:

Dear Members,
Happy February/March

Many of our Board members joined us at the Western Region Conference, which was held at the Warner Center Marriott. There were more than 50 people attending the two-day conference. (click here to see some photos from the conference)

A highlight for our chapter was our being awarded the Brandeis Award for Excellence, the “Louie”. Only three chapters (of 27 nationwide) were eligible for this award; having met their goals in fundraising, and membership set by National, as well as conducting community service projects, sharing bulletins, newsletters and/or website with National, showing evidence of leadership training, and hosting University on Wheels, and utilizing Brandeis authored materials.

Did you know that many biologists build their own microscope to suit their groundbreaking research? It makes sense because the field develops so rapidly that one cannot purchase such a device “off the shelf”. Well, Josh Tractenberg, a Neurobiologist from UCLA presented information to us about the photon microscope that the researchers at Brandeis University are anxiously awaiting, and for which we are collecting funds. “The things that change the world are people working – not in the clinic- but are those who are working in the laboratories.” Think about that.

Another highlight for us was sharing of ideas and feeling the support of other successful groups and the learning from each other. We all expressed the experience that most people join our chapters to learn, meet new people, build a network of people to share new lives with. But we do not lose sight, and we all try to remind our members, that ultimately we are raising funds for Brandeis University and the important research in Neurodegenerative diseases. We thank you, our Conejo Valley members. for joining in to reach our National and personal goals. This is a terrific chapter and we are proud to be your presidents.

We have some interesting and exciting events coming up; our Special event on March 13. We have a scientist who will present us with “The Future” and what we can look forward to in terms of science and innovation. Someone said that for many of our grandchildren, the jobs they will hold have not been discovered yet.

May 14: Books and Brunch with Lisa See, a popular author and excellent speaker. Save the date so you are not SOLD OUT!

Also in March, look out for a community service activity that will be rewarding and fun. We can only put together two groups of 20, so check with us and get ready to respond when you hear about it.

And before you know it, it will be time to renew our membership, and continue to enjoy each other and what we bring to our community and to Brandeis University.

Thanks for making our term of office so enjoyable.


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


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.

Musical Holiday Celebration

Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter presents

The Incomparable Bonnie Bowden

in a Musical Holiday Celebration

Our holiday program will take place on Tuesday,
December 18 from 1:00 -3:00 PM
at the Marvin E. Smith Community Room,
Thousand Oaks Library 1401 E. Janss Rd.,
Thousand Oaks, CA

Refreshments will be served.

Versatile and melodic, from Jazz to Pop and Broadway to Classical, the lilting voice of Coloratura Soprano Bonnie Bowden has graced stages and media across the globe. She began singing at the age of three. Throughout her Texas childhood she performed in schools, churches, talent shows and beauty contests. Her budding talent and promising young spirit were recognized with Duncanville High School accolades as a four time gold medalist in Solo Classical Performance at the University of Texas Austin Interscholastic League competitions.

Bonnie’s first professional singing job was at Six Flags Over Texas. Moving to California, she landed a solo position at Disneyland on the Sound Castle Stage in Tomorrowland. From there she joined Sergio Mendes and toured the world many times over with Brasil 77 and Brasil 88. Her TV credits include several appearances on Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Dinah Shore and the Midnight Special.

Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of musicians and entertainers. Among them are Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder, Hubert Laws, Dori Caymmi, Dave Grusin, Steve Allen, The Tex Beneke Orchestra, The Mills Brothers, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gormé, Robert Klein, Pete Barbutti, Sergio Mendes and her husband guitarist David Amaro.

Equally at home on stage or in studio, her vocal solos have been featured on many recordings throughout the years. A multilingual performer, she sings in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Latin and Portuguese. Her recording of Victor Herbert’s “Indian Summer” arranged by the legendary Sammy Nestico and was nominated for a GRAMMY® in the Best Female Pop Vocal category.

She currently sings with big band jazz orchestras, small jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras and performs a one woman show featuring a variety of music from Jazz to Pop and Broadway to Classical.

R.S.V.P (click on the names to send email directly to the event VP’s)
Jessie jbrra@aol.com or Frona: kidzathart@aol.com

Donations are $20 with reservations or $22 at the door. Reservations are suggested and appreciated. Refreshments will be served.

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

Please bring unwrapped toys for Conejo Valley Charities and canned goods for SOVA Food Bank. If you can’t attend please leave toys at the nearest fire station and canned goods at Manna Food Bank, 3020 Crescent Way, Thousand Oaks.

Any amount over $3 is considered a donation to benefit Brandeis University’s Magnify the Mind Campaign in support of medical research to find cures for neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS.



The Social Justice/Community Service Committee of the BNC Conejo Valley Chapter is actively involved in many areas of community service. It is our firm belief that the act of “giving” reaps a two-fold benefit of also “empowering” the giver. Our members are involved in many Social Justice projects, through our Temples and our Chapter. Through your contribution, you can play a part in helping us to reach out to many needy families.

It is my pleasure to give you information or to make arrangements for donation pick-up.

Please contact me at gertiesanders@gmail.com



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.


Intergenerational Challah Bake – November 14th at Temple Etz Chaim:
The Community Challah Bake was a lovely-fun evening.
Pictured is Elissa Lazarus her daughter-In law Robin and granddaughter Eden.

Collections of clothes, toilettrie and school supplies were brought to a shelter for people effected by the fires. Also a “FUND-ME” was set-up for firefighters and police officers and its recived gift cards and the money.

CHANUKAH toiletries-gift bags and toys will be delivered to a Homeless Shelter after our Holiday party, which will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018
in Marvin E. Smith Community Room,
Thousand Oaks Library 1401 E. Janss Rd.,
Thousand Oaks, CA
Thank you to all who donated!


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.


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

Study Group monthly news & updates

Hi Members!

First of all, I want to thank all of you for your patience. I have to admit the number of new members has caught us by surprise. We are thrilled to welcome all of you to our chapter and cannot wait to meet you all. However, many of our most popular study groups are full. Bear with us a bit longer and we will start new groups so that we will have a very happy membership enjoying all their meetings. In fact, here are some of the new groups just for you.

Now let’s get to the important stuff!

What are CLASSES? They are groups with a limited amount of information to be shared. We will not set the time limit in advance but you can continue as long as you are still learning and enjoying. An asterisk after the group name indicates those classes we are considering:

Janet Brasler(click here to send email directly to Janet) Jbrazlips@gmail.com
has arranged organization meetings for these new groups:
Beginners Mahj on Friday, October 26th, 1:00 -3:00 This is not instructional Mahj
Women’s Canasta on Tuesday, October 30th, 1:00-3:00
Creative Writing: Monday, November 19th,1:00-3:00
A new Couples on the Town group is in the planning stages. We already have a member who is willing to co-lead, so join us for the fun. Details to follow.

Sue Geiger (click here to send email directly to Sue) SGeiger75@gmail.com has arranged these meetings:
Women’s Legal Puzzler on Thursday, October 18th, at 10:00 at Agoura Hills Library
Roots Pursuit (Jewish Genealogy) is currently meeting Wednesday, October 24th at 1:00 at the Agoura Hills Library and if you can make it please RSVP.
A new group focusing on the history and current status of Women’s Rights has been suggested and we would like to know what you all think of it.

Ellie Puls (click here to send email directly to Ellie) norm0020@yahoo.com
has arranged this organization meeting:
Jewish traditions, rituals, history, recipes, etc on November 2nd, at 10:30 at the Agoura Hills Library
Couples Pot Pourri will also have an organization meeting in November at the Agoura Hills Library so let Ellie know if you want to know the exact date.
A Woman’s Book Club is also forming and will meet at the library in November, too, so let Ellie know if you want to know the exact date.

There are also openings in a few groups, so if you have a choice of an existing group, contact the V.P. and find out if you can get in. Ellie has openings in Exploring the World of Drama and would really like more men to help make the play reading more like the theater. There also are openings in the 4 in 1 women’s discussion group and the women’s issues group Our Views.

Please remember how important it is to RSVP both to the V.P.s and the leaders because they need to know of your interests and who is attending. Thank you.

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

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


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)

Sukkot: September 23 – 30, 2018

The seven days of Sukkot – celebrated by dwelling in the sukkah, taking the Four Kinds, and rejoicing – are followed by Simchat Torah.

Sukkot – when we expose ourselves to the elements in greenery – covered huts – commemorates G-d sheltering our ancestors as they traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land. The Four Kinds express our unity and our belief in G-d’s omnipresence.

Coming after the solemn High Holidays, it is a time of joy and happiness!

BNC Conejo Valley Board
wish our
Jewish Members
a Healthy, Sweet,
Happy New Year.




As a current or future member of the greatest BNC chapter that there is, you should know all that is available to you. We 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 Monday, September 24 at 9:30 A.M. for socializing.
The meeting will begin 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.

TO RSVP and get directions to Elaine Blonder house – send email by clicking HERE:
Elaine Leff elainel@socal.rr.com

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