April 7, 2020

About Us 2019-2020

Message from our co-Presidents

Welcome to the 2019-2020 season for the Greater Washington Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee. Our executive board has been very busy mapping out a great year for all of us. The committee chairs are in the process of meeting and planning exciting new programs. The dedication and enthusiasm of our entire membership serve to motivate us.

Last year we raised funds to support the purchase of a two-photon microscope to enable researchers to observe brain activity in real time. This will allow scientists to make new discoveries towards the treatment of brain disorders. We have also raised funds for scholarship, the medical library and research into neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Study guide vice-presidents Beth Smith and Barbara Etkind and their committee have worked with zeal to put together an exciting selection of activities. We are confident that the vast variety of study guide events will allow you many opportunities to be educated, inspired, creative, and to just have fun. We have added extra times and dates to our most sought-after classes in order to accommodate more interested members.

This new year begins with a New Member coffee on Thursday, August 22. This occasion enables our new members the opportunity to meet other members and to learn about BNC, to join our committees, and become involved. In October, we have our annual Book and Author luncheon, followed in November by our General Membership meeting with a special treat: lunch prepared by the board. In January, we Train Our Brains ( a.k.a. game day). Our second General Meeting is in March and includes our annual election of officers. Later that month we have Lunch and Learn. Our annual Spring Installation Luncheon will be held in May.

All members are invited to join our board meetings once a month which are held at Temple Beth Ami. On the second Wednesday of the month you may participate in Let’s Do Lunch. Ladies Night Out every other month on Sunday evening is another avenue to meet and socialize with chapter members. Special events take place throughout the year with exciting programs.

We hope to see you, our valued members, at as many functions as possible. The more active you become, the more you will feel part of this great group of women (and a few gentlemen). Welcome to our Brandeis chapter. We look forward to meeting you all.

Rita Weisstuch and Livia Weinstein

Co-Presidents: Livia Weinstein, Rita Weisstuch
Administrative VP: Linda Cohen
Book Fund VP: Marjorie Fuhrmann
Membership VPs: Judy Glassman, Joy Shuman
Special Events VPs: Vivian Golden, Bobbye Hertzbach
Study Guide VPs: Barbara Etkind, Beth Smith
Treasurer: Cecily Slater
Administrative Secretary: Margot Raphael
Corresponding Secretary: Etta Doris
Membership Secretary: Linda Raden
Recording Secretary: Susan Leshner
Registrar: Roz Auerbach
Parliamentarians: Joan DiCostanzo, Roberta Feigen
Nominating Committee Chair: Elaine Moss
Nominating Committee: Judy Blickstein, Dede Epstein, Linda Epstein, Lois Forster,
Marlene Goldschmidt, Margie Lappen, Tina Levine, Michele Miller, Gail Rubinson,
Nancy Silver
Honorary Board Members: Roz AuerbachNancy Silver, Joni Sommer, Livia Weinstein

DIRECTORS 2019–2020:
Marsha Bokman, Sybil Cantor, Joan Forest, Barbara Friedell, Bonnie Gootzeit, Ellen Greenberg, Carolyn Gross, Linda Horowitz, Ellen King, Nina Koenick, Gail Libin, Sharon Rifkin, Barbara Rose, Lorraine Rose, Sandee Rosenstein, Sheila Schrier, MaryEllen Stein

DIRECTORS 2019–2021:
Joan Bardach, Abbey Brahin, Sandy Crausman, Linda Grabel, Lynne Groban, Bonnie Landau, Sandy Lebowitz, Florence Polinsky, Joyce Riseberg, Joni Sommer, Sara Rohde, Sue Rudo, Linda Schnapp, Cynthia Silverstein, Libby Waldman Strugach, Myrna Wohl

Birthday Greetings- Cathy Friedman
Board Orientation/Leadership – Joan DiConstanzo
Book and Author – Bonnie Landau, Pam Pisner
Bulletin – Marilyn Wilder
Communications – Stephanie Katz
Community Service-Joan Bardach, Suzanne Giacalone, Barbara Rose
Directory –Francie Mendelsohn
General Membership Meetings- Rhonda Cole, Susan Friedman, Nina Koenick, Sue Rudo
Historian – Sandy Feinstein
Illustrators- Janet Batlan, Margot Raphael
Jewelry and Handbag Exchange – MaryEllen Stein, Sandy Lebowitz
Ladies Night Out – Dede Epstein, Cookie Mund
Let’s Do Lunch- Laura Epstein, Cindy Simon
Lunch and Learn –Margie Lappen, Tina Levine,
Mah Jongg Cards-Florence Polinsky
Mentoring- Joyce Riseberg, Barbara Levy
Social Justice –Linda Raden, Roberta Feigen
Spring Luncheon –Abbey Brahin, Barbara Friedell
Study Guide Coordinators- Honey Edell, Tina Levine
Sustaining the Mind-Etta Doris, Heather Greenspan
Sunshine- Lois Forster
The Blast – Marilyn Wilder
Train Your Brain (Game Day)- Ellen King, Sara Rohde
Venue Coordinator – Linda Raden
Website-Shelley Morrison

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