BNC President’s Message: Philanthropy ~~ Learning ~~ Community

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:

Greetings everyone,

The end of January marks the completion of three special events.  In early January we held the annual University on Wheels.  For our newer members, this is an annual event wherein Brandeis University sends each chapter a faculty member to make a presentation.  This year on January 8 our chapter was very fortunate to host Professor William “Billy” Flesch, Professor of English, who presented “HOW MOVIES WORK’.

This was an outstanding lecture that focused on the essentials for script writing, cinematography, editing and acting that became standards in the industry from the beginnings of filmmaking. There was a lively Q and A session and those attending had an informative and entertaining experience. University on Wheels is always an outstanding program and I urge everyone to put this event on your January calendar for next year.

Game Day, held in conjunction with Sabra Hadassah, was a big success with 97 attendees. There were door prizes galore and a good time was had by all.

One other program, Bridging Cultures, is scheduled for January 31. Cecilia Cohen will present her usual excellent and intelligent program on foreign cultures, this time on North Korea.  Attendees will lunch on food from the region at a Korean restaurant, and learn about the cultures, traditions and challenges.  If you haven’t signed up, please do.  You are in for an educational and entertaining afternoon.

Our next very big event is the Gala at CODA Gallery. This is our major fund raiser for the year and I urge you to attend.  The money we raise goes to important neuroscience research at Brandeis and we need every member in our chapter to support this effort.

And there is an additional factor for members to consider.  Your special events team, the entire planning committee and individual members, work all year to plan events and study groups for our members enjoyment. I ask you to actively support those efforts by your attendance.

I hope to see you at the upcoming events.

Marcia Plumleigh, President

 

 

Special Memories

Brandeis is about giving, about friendship and about fun!  It’s about learnng and opening our eyes to the world around us too.  We are avid art lovers, readers, movie goers, and so much more. Keep checking this site for links to our chapter photo albums. Visit and revisit the special places our chapter has visited and the wonderful people and things we’ve seen.

BNC Encore Series: New Student Book DiscussionForum

 

June 2017

Dear Brandeis National Committee Members,

Help connect our chapter members with Brandeis University as we join all of the incoming Brandeis first year students in the annual New Student Forum.

Students read the same book and hear directly from the author in a special presentation this fall.

As part of BNC’s Encore Series, you too can be part of the New Student Forum. Discussion questions and a DVD of the author’s presentation will be available at the end of September.

This year’s book is called “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine. Winner of the National Book Critics award in poetry, Claudia Rankine’s book recounts mounting racial aggressions in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. In essay, image and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary society.

In these troubled times, where we are facing questions regarding racism, antisemitism and the like, Brandeis University chose this book as a discussion point for where to go from here, ways to improve society and care for the future.
We look forward to hearing what you think and hope that you enjoy this Brandeis experience!

 

For more information, please contact Tamar Vogel at 781-736-4168 or tvogel@brandeis.edu.

 

Past Presidents

BNC DESERT CHAPTER PAST PRESIDENTS

1975-1978 Lillian Sherman 1995-1997 Bea Bloomfield Osher
1979-1981 Irene Lipton 1997-1998 Irma Granet,
Mae Rose
1981-1982 Rosalie Appel,
Marion Bowytz,
Shirley Scher
1998-1999 Gloria Shane
1982-1984 Bertha Ziff 1999-2001 Barbara Wyse
1984-1985 Rosalie Appel,
Mrs. Sydney Krasno
2001-2002 Barbara Wyse, Florence Tenzer, Raydelle Samuels,
1985-1986 Reola Berliner Gladys Newmark, Beverly Metelitz, Vicki Friedlander,
Ruth Esko, Iris Simon
1986-1987 Tobette Doroshow,
Frances Miller
Pearl White
2002-2004 Florence Tenzer
1987-1988 Bertha Ziff 2004-2005 Raydelle Samuels, Vicki Friedlander, Iris Simon, Florence Tenzer, Ruth Esko, Sally Brockman, Carole Fryer, Cynthia Karlin
1988-1990 Jean C. Carrus 2005-2007 Barbara Wyse,
Cynthia Karlin
1990-1992 Charlene Scherer 2007-2009 Lorraine Lubin,
Bonnie Kodesch
1992-1993 Cookie Deckter 2009-2011 Caroline Weintraub
1992-1994 Lottie Lach, Mae Rose 2011-2013 Sally Markowitz,
Cecilia Cohen
1994-1995 Mae Rose 2013-2014 Caroline Weintraub,
Bonnie Kodesch, Lorraine Lubin, Jean C. Carrus, Eleanor Blank
2014-2016 Eleanor Blank

Student Stories

Update:  Click on name (if highlighted) to hear what the student has to say about the Brandeis experience….

 

Meet Brandeis Scholar Remi Miller ’19 
A BNC Scholar from Kings Park, New York, on Long Island, Remi just completed her sophomore year. At Brandeis,  Remi’s primary areas of academic focus are psychology and legal studies. She is an active member of the campus community, serving as a Brandeis National Committee Student Ambassador, an Orientation leader and a Reunion liaison.

Meet Brandeis Scholar Jacob Abrams ’17  Jacob Abrams
A BNC Scholar from Boca Raton, Florida, Jacob is pre-med, with a double major in biology and classical studies and a minor in Italian studies. While at Brandeis, he has been involved with the BNC as director of the Student Ambassador program and a member of BNC’s National Executive Committee. Jacob chose Brandeis because it encourages undergraduates to take advantage of many opportunities to gain leadership experience that will help them throughout their lives.

Meet Brandeis Scholar Rebecca Wiser ’19  Rebecca Weiser
A BNC Scholar from Boca Raton, Florida, Rebecca plans to major in either Journalism or Health: Science, Society and Policy. Her ultimate goal is to become a life coach and health and wellness consultant. Rebecca chose Brandeis because of its commitment to social justice and its close-knit campus community, which values kindness, integrity and service to others.

Meet Brandeis Scholar Cassidy Swartz ’16 Cassidy Swartz
A BNC Scholar from Arizona, Cassidy is a Health: Science, Society and Policy major and soccer player at Brandeis. She volunteers at Newton-Wellesley hospital and tutors an elementary school student on top of a full load of courses. Cassidy plans to become a physician’s assistant upon graduating from Brandeis, a profession she believes will help her use what she has learned at Brandeis to help others. Hear her explain in this brief video why she is proud to attend the nation’s only non-sectarian university founded by the American Jewish community and how this experience has transformed her life.

Book and Author 2015-2016

The Book, Author, & Boutique was held at the Indian Wells Golf Resort Ballroom on March 23. Our keynote speaker was Tod Goldberg, Administrative Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at UCR, Palm Desert Campus and author of the best selling “Gangsterland.” His presentation was an interesting and amusing insight into his journey as both a writer of mystery fiction and as a journalist.

Sheila Finch, a prolific author of science fiction and winner of the Nebula Award, talked about the problems in communication which would arise should mankind ever contact extraterrestrials. John Schwartz, a poet and author as well as a most successful businessman, discussed his novel “In the Shadow of Babylon” – partly written as a guide to life for his children.

Guests had the opportunity to shop at a truly lovely boutique organized by Lorraine Lubin. The offerings were delightful and varied and showed real expertise in the selection of vendors. We are hoping to expand this part of our program in the future.

OPEN STUDY GROUPS 2015-2016

All attendees must be Brandeis members.

BOOK GROUPS

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(A) BOOK GROUP/MEN’S FICTION/NON FICTION
COORDINATOR: Irv Cohen 760 772-6436
WHEN: Second Monday of each month at 7 PM
WHERE: Members’ homes
DESCRIPTION: Very informal format
COST: $15

(B) BOOK GROUP/SHORT STORY
COORDINATOR: Maggie Henderson 760 772-7537; bobmaghenderson@gmail.com
WHEN: Second Monday of each month at 7PM
WHERE: The first meeting will be organizational and held at Maggie Henderson’s home: 39332 Fernwood Glen Ct. (Sun City) on November 9, 2015 at 7 PM.
DESCRIPTION: Group members will be using Pushcart Prize 2014 to discuss essays, poetry and short stories chosen by the facilitator.
COST: $15

(C) BOOK GROUP
COORDINATOR: Bayla Adelman 760 568-9621; baylaadelman@cs.com
WHEN: Second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 PM.
WHERE: Members’ homes. The first meeting will be held on November 10, 2015 at the home of Bayla Adelman, 43 Blue River Dr. (The Lakes)Palm Desert 92211.
DESCRIPTION: The group will choose books for discussion. Members will facilitate discussions.
COST: $15

MOVIE GROUPS
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(D) MOVIE GROUP
COORDINATOR: Linda Seligman 760 565-6880; lindajoy08@live.com
WHEN: Third Tuesday of each month at 1:30 PM. The first meeting, date, film and location will be sent by email.
WHERE: Members’ homes. DESCRIPTION: Current and classic movies. Members decide films to see. COST: $15

(E) MOVIE GROUP
COORDINATOR: Wendy Rudlin 760 772-1365 wrudlin@gmail.com
WHEN: Second Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM
LOCATION: At movie theater
DESCRIPTION: Members meet at the theater. Lunch follows. Movies are selected by members based on their interests.
COST: $15

(F) MOVIE GROUP
COORDINATOR: Marcia Plumleigh 760 360-1084; mjplum@verizon.net
WHEN: Second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. The first meeting, date, film and location will be sent by email.
LOCATION: Members’ homes. The first meeting, date, film and location will be sent by email.
DESCRIPTION: Members see the films on their own. Discussions will be held at members’ homes.
COST: $15

OTHER GROUPS

(G) LET’S TALK
COORDINATOR: Jean Fishkin 760 346-6747
WHEN: Third Tuesday of each month at 10 AM. The first meeting, date, film and location will be sent by email.
WHERE: Members’ homes
DESCRIPTION: Discussion of current matters at a home followed by lunch (optional).
COST: $15

(H) LET’S EAT OUT(EARLY BIRD)
COORDINATOR: Candy Warner 760 636-4820 candywarner@yahoo.com
WHEN: Second Friday of each month at 5 PM The first meeting, date, film and location will be sent by email.
WHERE: Various restaurants
DESCRIPTION: Join us in dining out a little early . A different host will choose the restaurant and send out a notice to members. We like to get “early bird” prices and individual checks.
COST: $15

(I) MEN’S LUNCH BUNCH
COORDINATOR: Gerry Weiss 760 772-8196; gersue3327@yahoo.com
WHEN: First Tuesday of each month at noon. The first meeting, date, film and location will be sent by email.
WHERE: Various restaurants
DESCRIPTION: Male members of Brandeis will get together to enjoy lunch at various restaurants. Topics for discussion may include current news, sports and jokes…or whatever the group likes. The cost for lunch will be approximately $15, including beverage.
COST: $15

(J) WOMEN’S LUNCH BUNCH
COORDINATOR: Linda Bergman 760 200-2037; lindaberg@aol.com
WHEN: Fourth Tuesday of each month at noon. The first meeting, date, restaurant and location will be sent by email.
WHERE: Various restaurants.
DESCRIPTION: Subjects of discussion vary at each lunch. Separate checks when possible; prix fixe, including drink, tip and tax approximately $25. COST: $15

(K) SUNDAY BRUNCH IN THE AFTERNOON
COORDINATOR: Beverly Ross 760 771-3335 beverlyrross@gmail.com
WHEN: 4 times from November thru April date.The first meeting, date, restaurant and location will be sent by email.
WHERE: Members’ homes
DESCRIPTION: Each event will be hosted by two members in a member’s home. The hosts are responsible for providing the main dish for brunch; all other participants will bring a dish to share.
COST: $15

(L) EXPLORING THEATER
COORDINATOR: Joan Isaacs 760 360-4423; jrspresents@gmail.com
WHEN: November 2015 through March 2016
WHERE: McCallum and Coachella Valley Repertory Theaters and Joan Isaac’s home.
DESCRIPTION: Four plays will be seen and discussed. A no host dinner at a restaurant will follow each performance. Joan will purchase tickets for each performance approximately 1-3 months in advance. The plays, dates, times and costs for members/non members and guests will be distributed at Showcase, and also sent to members by email. Discounted tickets will be available for members only. Guests will pay full price. Make all checks payable to Joan Isaacs, 37209 Skycrest Road, Palm Desert 92211
COST: $15

(M) HOT TOPICS: MEN
COORDINATOR: Bob Starr 760 200-0208/401 965-5419 bob.starr1@gmail.com
WHEN: Third Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. The first meeting topic and location will be sent by email.
WHERE: Members’ homes
DESCRIPTION: Male members of Brandeis get together to discuss one hot topic per meeting; a hot topic for the next meeting is also chosen. COST: $15

(N) HOT TOPICS : WOMEN
COORDINATOR: Rose Levy 760 345-1747; rclevy@me.com
WHEN: First Thursday of each month from 1-3 PM,. First meeting will be at Rose Levy’s home, 78075 Banyon Grove Ct.
DESCRIPTION: Discussion of issues of particular importance to women. Topics can range from social issues, health and well being, and even fashion tips. Each member will host one meeting and will determine subjects to be discussed. (Sun City)
COST: $15

(O) LEGAL HEADLINES
COORDINATOR: Joan Flam 760 772-2979; joan91356@aol.com
WHEN: Third Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. First meeting will be November 17, 2015 at 7 PM
WHERE: home of Joan Flam, 78541 Moonstone Lane
DESCRIPTION: Each member will bring a news clipping, material or questions about a timely topic concerning the law.
COST: $15

(P) WOMEN WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
COORDINATORS: Judith Levine 760 772-7593; 847-767-9928; judithlevine@comcast.net; Yarol Rudman 760469-2785; yrudman8661@gmail.com
WHEN: Third Tuesday of each month, 1-3 PM
WHERE: Members homes; First organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 1 PM at the home of Judith Levine, 78257 Bonanza (Sun City).
DESCRIPTION: The group will discuss the lives of women, past and present, who have made a significant impact on the world, society and/or their community. Members will select the women for discussion at the first organizational meeting.

(Q) FAMILY DYNAMICS/YOU NEVER CALL, YOU NEVER WRITE
COORDINATORS: Yarol Rudman 760-469-2785 yrudman8661@gmail.com & Judith Shultz 760-200-8673 judithashultz@gmail.com
WHEN: First Friday of each month at 9:30 AM. The first meeting will be held on November 10, 2015 at the home of Judith Shultz, 37183 Mojave Sage St.
WHERE: Members homes
DESCRIPTION: Group will read designated chapters in the book, “You Never Call, You Never Write,” by Brandeis author Joyce Antler, to stimulate discussions on the history of the Jewish mother, and our relationships with family and friends in an atmosphere of sharing and humor. Each member will serve as facilitator when the meeting is at her home.
COST: $15

Special Events 2015

 

Please Note: Some Special Events are open to the public and charges vary. Net proceeds from these Special Events benefit the Sustaining the Mind (STM and Scholarship ) campaigns.

  1. ACCESSORIZE WITH BRANDEIS: JEWELRY PRESENTATION AND SALE
    small jewelry lady
    COORDINATOR JUDITH SHULTZ, 760 200 8673, judithashultz@yahoo.com
    WHERE: Home of MARCIA PLUMLEIGH, 78332 Griffin Drive, Palm Desert , CA 92211 Phone 760 360 1084
    WHEN: December 5, 2015, Saturday 1-4PM
    DESCRIPTION: Meet TIFFANY KUNZ AND DESIREE KESSEL OF LA ECO CONSCIOUS JEWELRY BRAND. Learn how to change your look by changing your jewelry. Arrive at 1 PM wearing your favorite outfit and Tiffany and Desiree will help you choose various pieces of jewelry at prices that will meet all budgets. As they talk about “changing your look,” you will learn about a company that believes in philanthropy and works to empower impoverished women worldwide. Join us for a fun afternoon of shopping. Gourmet snacks are included. Treat yourself or a loved one to a holiday gift while supporting Brandeis University.
    COST : No charge to you, but a 25% donation will be made to Brandeis University for all sales. Please sign up in advance to save YOUR PLACE.

  2. ABOVE AND BEYOND, MOVIE
    COORDINATOR: BAILEY RUBENSTEIN-HERZ, 760-360-5196, itsbaileyr@aol.com
    WHEN: January 24, 2016 2016, 2:30 PM (This is a new time!)
    WHERE: Temple Sinai, 73251 Hoveley Lane West, Palm Desert 92260
    DESCRIPTION: This exciting film, produced by Nancy Spielberg, recounts the story of Jewish American pilots, who, beginning in 1948 secretly fought for the independence of Israel. The movie will be followed by a guest speaker and home-baked desserts.
    COST: $20 per member; $35 for couples; $25 per guest.

  3. GLASS WORKSHOP WITH PATRICK BLYTHE
    COORDINATOR: GAIL BAUM, 310 503 6133 gail.baum@gmail.com
    WHEN: Friday, January 29, 2016, 10 AM-1
    WHERE: PATRICK BLYTHE GLASS STUDIO, 45140 Towne ST. INDIO, CA 92210
    DESCRIPTION: Join Patrick Blythe, renowned glass artist, in his studio to create your own unique work of glass art.
    COST: $30 MEMBERS, $35 GUESTS, MAXMUM 40 PEOPLE
  4. DEIS FLICKS
    COORDINATOR: SUSIE KAYE 760 360 5420, bentlykaye@msn.com
    WHEN: February 23, 2016, 6:30 TO 9 PM
    WHERE: TOLERANCE EDUCATION CENTER, 33-147 Landy Lane, RANCHO MIRAGE, CA 92270 760 328 8252
    DESCRIPTION: Join us for a movie (TBD) from Brandeis archives. Home baked sweets will be served.
    COST: $20 MEMBERS, $25 GUESTS (MAXIMUM 40 ATTENDEES)
  5. TOUR OF THE O’DONNELL, PALM SPRINGS
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    COORDINATOR: EVELYN WEISSBACH, 760 200 0093, Evelyn7294@yahoo.com
    WHEN: Thursday, March 3, 2016, 10AM
    WHERE: PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM, 101 MUSEUM DR. PALM SPRINGS, CA. AT 9:45 SHARP. The group will meet Steve, the guide, in the museum’s north parking lot (the one on the right when facing the museum). We will meet at the Buddy Rogers box at the Annenberg Theater and be transported up the driveway by golf cart.
    DESCRIPTION: Join us for a 2 hour guided tour of the grounds and interior of this meticulously restored 1920’s historic home on the National Registry of Historic Homes. The views overlooking the Valley are spectacular. The home has lush flower gardens, graceful stone arches, and lovely secluded courtyards. It is often chosen by the Coachella Valley Water Color Society for Plein Air painting sessions.
    COST: $55 MEMBERS, $60 GUESTS (MAXIMUM 40 PARTICIPANTS)
  6. COOKING FOR BRANDEIS
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    COORDINATOR: GAIL BAUM, 310 503 6133 gail.baum@gmail.com
    WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 10AM-1PM
    WHERE: Home of Cathy Rogers, Mission Hills. Address will be sent to participants.
    DESCRIPTION: Cathy Rogers, whose passions are cooking and philanthropy, will offer a delicious gastronomic and tasting experience to 20 participants in her lovely home.
    COST: $100 Separate check made out to Brandeis University(100% deductible).

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Showcase 2016 Sign Up Form

SHOWCASE 2016 SIGN UP FORM

SHOWCASE 2016:
October 18, 2016
THE VUE
44-500 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells

SHOWCASE MENU ($48 per person $10 tax deductible) All net proceeds will benefit the Brandeis Scholarship Fund
Monies must be received by October 11, 2016

Main Course (Choose one):
(A) Cobb Salad
(B) Modified Cobb Salad (minus bacon)
(C) Vegetarian Option (if desired) is Pasta Primavera
Dessert: Key Lime Pie

Please print out this form, complete and attach your payment.
Make your check payable to: BRANDEIS NATIONAL COMMITTEE
Mail to: Rose Levy, 78075 Banyon Grove Court, Palm Desert, CA 92211

Name(s):_______________________________________________________

Meal Choice(s):_________________________________________________

Phone:_________________ E-mail:____________________________________________

Address:__________________________________________________________________

City, State & Zip:___________________________________________________________

Please reserve ________ seats @ $48.00 per person Enclosed is my check in the amount of $____________________

Please seat me with:____________________________________________________

Make your check payable to: BRANDEIS NATIONAL COMMITTEE Mail to: Rose Levy, 78075 Banyon Grove Court, Palm Desert, CA 92211 jsk 9/7/16