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


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.