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.

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


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.