BNC President’s Message

Welcome to the 2019-20 season. In a matter of weeks we will be hosting this season’s kickoff event – SHOWCASE — on October 23, 2019. And what a Showcase it will be. We will have some new additions to our usual program and, for the first time, wewill host a fashion show.
Merle Carrus, a BNC Vice President and our advisor, will be on the program presenting a short video of current Brandeis activity. Watch for the eblast announcing Showcase that should arrive in your email in mid-September.

Brandeis Desert Chapter was still having fun this summer. We had two very well-attended luncheons, one in July and one in August. A big thanks to Beverly Ross for her usual wonderful planning and organization for the luncheons.

This year Brandeis National Committee has announced a new focus for the fundraising effort: HONORING OUR HISTORY-TRANSFORMING UNIQUE COLLECTIONS HIGHLIGHTING SOCIAL JUSTICE. You will see the new campaign on some of the special events announcements as well as the SUSTAINING THE MIND Campaign, the fundraising effort that focuses on neuroscience research.

Your Planning Committee has been very busy since May, organizing new and exciting Special Events and Study Groups. In September, you will receive the email that contains the new groups and the continuing study groups that have room for new members. You will be
able to sign up on-line, as usual, or wait until Showcase to sign up. REMEMBER: IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF A CONTINUING GROUP NOT LISTED, YOU WILL SIGN UP AT THE GROUP’S FIRST MEETING. You will also note that the study group fee has increased from $15 to $20.

Now a few words about the change in the sign-up process for Special Events. The Planning Committee has streamlined the process so we can handle each event individually. At Showcase we will have information about all Special Events for the season. We will NOT have the sign-up process for Special Events at Showcase. You will receive eblasts for each Special Event throughout the season and will sign up accordingly.

Each year we have a good number of activities that require planning and organizing. And each year I see the same faces of our members that volunteer to work for our organization. I urge all our members to lend a hand in the effort to keep Brandeis Desert Chapter a viable and stimulating experience for all. Get involved! There are big and small ways to make a contribution to our Chapter, and a very big personal payoff in volunteering.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. It will be terrific to see you all again at Showcase, Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the Desert Horizons Country Club. Be sure to watch for the eblast announcing Showcase.

Marcia Plumleigh

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


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



Annual General Board Meeting 2019

Annual General Board Meeting
January 21, 2019

Board Meeting, 9:30am
General Meeting with Keynote Speaker Ron Celona, 10:30am

12169 Turnberry Drive, Rancho Mirage
Home of Gail Baum and Larry Fox

All Brandeis Members are invited and encouraged to attend and bring prospective members. Guests can attend the Board Meeting and General Meeting to learn more about who we are and what we do!

Keynote Speaker
Ron Celona

Ron Celona, Artistic Director of Coachella Valley Repertory will give us an inside look at CV Rep, what it takes to put a new play together and also an inside look at what it took to establish CV Rep’s new home. Click here for Ron Celona’s bio.

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