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,

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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)

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.


 

 

BOOKS and BRUNCH – MAY 9th, 2018

THE CONEJO VALLEY CHAPTER INVITES YOU
TO BOOKS and BRUNCH
Women Writers in Entertainment

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 9:30 a.m.
Westlake Village Inn
30943 Agoura Road – Westlake Village, CA

(Directions to Westlake Village Inn: From the 101 Freeway take Exit 39
Lindero Canyon Rd. off ramp. Go South to Agoura Rd.
Turn right for about 1/2 mile. Inn will be on your right.)

Buffet Brunch at approximately 11:30 a.m.

For more details
CLICK HERE
TO DOWNLOAD YOUR INVITATION

Questions? Contact Nancy at nvmlcsw@aol.com

Happy Holidays and Healthy Prosperous New Year!

Brandeis Conejo Valley want to wish EVERYONE

Happy Holidays and Healthy Prosperous New Year!

 

We recently have received comments of praise from “National” about our recent email blast leading everyone to our quarterly Newsletter on our Website. That was great news.

We give to Brandeis National Committee and the BNC gives a lot to us.
We are thankful for your friendship and for your participation in Brandeis Conejo.

We both wish each of you a Happy Holidays Season and Hapy New Year filled with joy and good health…

Judy Perlman judithfp@gmail.com 
Elaine Bercy cyberbercy@aol.com,
your Co Presidents of Brandeis National Committee Conejo Valley

Save the Date: University on Wheels – January 8th

Save the date for the annual University on Wheels event taking play January 8th!

Please join BNC Conejo Valley on January 8th, from 10:00am – 2:00 pm at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles for the annual and much anticipated University on Wheels event. We are excited to announce, for the first time, we will be joining with the BNC San Fernando and Los Angeles chapters to enjoy presentations by TWO Brandeis University professors.

 

This years presentations will focus around health, healthcare and healthcare reform. One professor is a researcher in the University’s biology department whose research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases. The other is an expert in healthcare policy and reform. This is sure to be a fascinating and relevant event.

But wait, there’s more! We will also enjoy a delicious bagels and lox brunch while socializing with fellow BNC members.

Mark your calendar so we can fully represent our chapter and learn together at this exciting event.

 

Carpools will be available. More information about tickets, which will be around $45 including a donation, and reservations will be coming shortly.

We Honor Our Own!

Congratulation to Conejo Valley Chapter on it’s 10th Anniversary!
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THANK YOU TO THE CONEJO VALLEY CHAPTER

THANK YOU TO THE CONEJO VALLEY CHAPTER

Western-2….a big THANK YOU to the Conejo Valley Chapter and its Presidents, Susan Barnett and Carol Smith, from your BNC Western Region Presidents, Honey Bencomo and Sharon Cohen:

We owe you a huge debt of gratitude for being the host chapter at the BNC Western Region Conference held Jan. 19-21, 2014, at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel. We have received many congratulatory notes raving about how everyone felt so welcomed by your warmth and your friendliness.

Your volunteers were absolutely the hostesses with the “mostest”. The “goodie bags” you put together for the delegates were terrific.

We also want to express our appreciation for the tremendous support we received from the chapter’s Board. We could not have achieved our aspirations without that support.

Seven chapters were represented from three states with 68 BNC Chapter, Regional and National Leaders in attendance including the new BNC National President, Barbara Sander, the Retiring National Executive Director, Janice Fineman, the Interim Executive Director, Beth Bernstein and former and current National Executive Committee (NEC) Board Members. In addition there were many past Presidents of the Western Region also present.

We were very privileged and proud to have all these VIP’s attend our conference…some Western-4who traveled from the cold weather (30 degrees) in the East to warm sunny California where the sun gods shown upon us with 80 degree temperatures.

The conference, consisting of many interactive workshops, was facilitated by our BNC expert National leaders with much opportunity for an exchange of ideas among the delegates. We learned about Leadership Development, Fundraising, Membership, Learning Opportunities and how Social Media relates to BNC. The conference was put together by the Western Region Board.

We got to know members of our Western Region chapters, our National Executive Board and our staff from Boston.

We had a lovely cocktail reception to kick off the conference. We were able to say good bye to Janice Fineman, our Executive Director who is retiring after 23 years.

Western-6We had a luncheon where we heard from our National President. Barb shared with us her goals for the future of our organization. At dinner we had, as our guest speaker, Scott Feinberg, a graduate of Brandeis University and a journalist for the Hollywood Reporter. He was a fascinating and charming speaker who shared stories of the movie industry and the current Awards season. He graciously took questions about the Oscars and his predictions.

Lots of hugs as our attendees prepared to leave for Boston, Arizona, San Jose, Desert, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and of course Conejo Valley and San Fernando Valley.

Our Keynote Speakers and Workshop Facilitators were truly inspiring and we hope the delegates left renewed and even more dedicated to the Brandeis Mission than ever.

Sharon Cohen
Honey Bencomo
Co-Presidents
Western Region
Brandeis National Committee

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