November 19, 2017

The Next Two Weeks of The Beauty of Brandeis – Study Guide and Handbook

Our 2017-2018 Study Guide has been published. If you don’t have your own personal copy, click below to look at all of the Study Guide offerings by opening the file provided here. We have a wide variety of events. Feel free to start making your decisions of which events you want to attend. We look forward to seeing you at many of them.

To read the web version of the Study Guide, click here.

To see pictures from some previous events of 2016-17, click here.

Upcoming Events
No. Day mm/dd Time Event
Sun 11/19 05:30 Ladies’ Night Out – Mosaic Cuisine and Cafe – Rockville
3B Mon 11/20 02:00 Knit and Stitch B
6 Sun 11/26 07:00 Sunday News Groups A.B.C
7 Mon 11/27 10:00 Mystery Book Club
8 Mon 11/27 12:30 Women in Literature
3C Mon 11/27 01:30 Knit and Stitch C
26 Tue 11/28 01:30 Canasta
10A Wed 11/29 10:00 We’re Talking Movies A
10B Wed 11/29 01:30 We’re Talking Movies B
10C Wed 11/29 12:30 We’re Talking Movies C
10D Wed 11/29 01:30 We’re Talking Movies D
27 Thu 11/30 10:30 Are You Balanced?
28 Thu 11/30 01:30 Making Specialty Cards
1 Fri 12/01 10:00 Drama Discussion
26 Fri 12/01 01:30 Canasta


When Montgomery County Schools are closed due to inclement weather all Brandeis events will be cancelled. If Montgomery County Public Schools issues a two-hour delay, Brandeis events will take place.

Social Justice Group Events

One of the values of the university and part of our mission is to practice social justice. Come participate in these activities to do a good deed, to make new friends and to have fun together.

Days for Girls Tuesday, September 12, 2017
1:30-4:30 p.m. Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD

JSSA Hospice Friday, November 3, 2017
1:30-4:30 p.m. Wood Hill Road Rockville, MD
Knitters, crocheters, stitchers, yarn, scissors needed.

Comfort Cases Monday, Febuary 5, 2018
assemble (new) items for foster children on Shady Grove Road in Rockville
2:00-5:00 p.m. Shady Grove Road, Rockville, MD

Rainbow Place Tuesday, March 13, 2018
cooking casseroles for an emergency women’s shelter1:00 p.m.
Activity to be held at a member’s home in Silver Spring, MD

For info, contact Linda R.

2107 Spring Installation Luncheon

Brandeis National Committee
Greater Washington Chapter
Invites you to our
Spring Installation Luncheon
Monday, May 1, 2017

9:00 a.m. Registration, Boutique, and
Restaurant Silent Auction
Auction Winning Bids–Checks Only
10:15 a.m. Program Begins
Bethesda Marriott
5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD
“Complimentary Parking”
Honey Edell and Tina Levine
Committee Chairs
Joan Forest
Elaine Gillespie
Janet Muenz
Livia Weinstein
Proceeds to benefit
Brandeis University Scholarship Fund

Guest Speakers

Esther Safran Foer

Esther Safran Foer is the past CEO of Sixth & I, a downtown cultural hub and historic synagogue. Under Esther’s leadership Sixth & I created world class programming from book talks with renowned authors to a wide range of musical performances.  Reinvented as a Jewish institution after being a church for 50 years, Sixth & I includes all Jewish denominations studying and observing Jewish holidays under the same roof. Sixth & I has been nationally recognized as    “a new paradigm for Jewish life.” Esther has been personally recognized as one of “The Forward 50” Jewish leaders in the country and last year was named by Washingtonian magazine as one of the most powerful women in Washington, DC.

Matthew Logan

Matthew Logan is the Executive Director of Montgomery County Historical Society, which collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the histories of all of Montgomery County’s residents. Throughout his career as an executive, he has built the capacity and effectiveness of small nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC metro area. Beginning in 1998, he led Potomac Conservancy, a regional conservation group, through a period of rapid and sustained growth. He later founded and served as the first president of the C&O Canal Trust, an official partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. With the Trust he developed a series of successful programs, most notably Canal Quarters, which was recognized by the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation with its Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation.

Matthew holds Master’s degrees in environment/land use planning and United States history. He lives with his son and daughter in Kensington, Maryland.


Installation 2017-2018
Executive Committee

Co-Presidents: Tina Levine, Elaine Moss
Administrative: Margie Lappen
Book Fund: Linda Horowitz
Membership: Judy Blickstein and Lorraine Rose
Special Events: Marlene Goldschmidt, Gail Rubinson,
Joni Sommer
Study Guide: Margot Raphael and Libby Waldman Strugatch
Accounts Payable Treasurer: Ellen Glazer
Accounts Receivable Treasurer: Cecily Slater
Administrative Secretary: Shelby Herman
Corresponding Secretary: Sandy Pincus-Rush
Financial Secretary: Sandy Levinson
Recording Secretary: MaryEllen Stein
Registrar: Roz Auerbach
Parliamentarians: Roberta Feigen and Harriet Sturm
Nominating Committee Chair: Honey Edell
Nominating Committee: Janet Batlan, Sybil Cantor,
Barbara Fayne, Suzanne Giacalone, Beth Ingber,
Beth Smith
Alternates: Sheila Schrier and Sandy Shapiro
Directors 2017–2018:
Rhonda Cole, Etta Doris, Laura Epstein, Barbara Etkind, Susan Friedman, Marjorie Furhmann, Heather Greenspan, Bobbye Hertzbach, Denise Kahn, Toby Kullback,
Susan Leshner, Joyce Riseberg, Sue Rudo, Cynthia Silverstein, Livia Weinstein, Marilyn Wilder
Directors 2017–2019:
Sandy Crausman, Linda Cohen, Joan DiConstanzo,
Linda Epstein, Ann Friedman, Cathy Friedman,
Sandy Greenfield, Carolyn Gross, Michele Miller,
Debra Nysenbaum, Linda Raden, Sue Seligson,
Myrna Shenkler, Lu Shifrin, Joy Shuman, Nancy Silver

Advance Reservations Only
Members $70   Non-Member$ 80

Reservations due by April 14th




        Quinoa salad, tofu, roasted vegetables

       Quinoa salad, salmon, roasted vegetables

        Marsala chicken, herbed gnocchi, roasted vegetables


       Fruit cup

       Chocolate cake with chocolate sauce

Please seat me with:                               


Total enclosed:   $         

I am unable to attend but would like to contribute $______

to the Scholarship Fund.

Make checks payable to BNC and mail to:
Ellen Glazer

Dietary restrictions:  Contact Joan B


Your Community Service Contributions Make a Difference

In April members brought hygiene and baby products for NCCF-National Center for Children and Families. Your donations will help to supply their boutique where clients from NCCF’s emergency shelters and transitional homes shop free of charge for clothes/provisions needed.
We thank you for your generous contributions.
Suzanne Giacalone, Linda Hofberg, Barbara Rose  Co Chairs




Bette Aschkenasy Lunch & Learn

March 21, 2017  but for older flyer, click here

Brandeis National Committee – Greater Washington Chapter
Invites you to The Bette Aschkenasy 2017

new date: March 21, 2017



Every Hero has a Story

Patty Walker Retired Police Captain of the Division of Major Crimes

Jim Resnick Retired Battalion Chief of Fire and Rescue Services

Jeanmarie Sentel Retired special  Agent  for NCIS

Date:  March 21, 2017
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Place: Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD

Resevation: Call Sue Rudo if cannot come or if now can come.



Fashion Show at Lord & Taylor

For Flyer, click here

unnamedBrandeis National Committee
Greater Washington Chapter
Lord & Taylor
invite you to a day of
fabulous fashion, food, and fun!
Lord & Taylor
White Flint

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
10:30 – 2:00


Add Color to Your Life

Chapter of the Year 2016

20160828CongratulationsNumber1It is with great pleasure that we announce the good news that our chapter has been chosen, out of all chapters across the country, as the Chapter of the Year. This is a tribute to our unbelievable membership who supported us every step of the way. Without them, there would be no such award. You know the saying, “It takes a village”, this award is a testament to that for sure.
Our membership is the best! We have the hardest workers, most supportive, friendliest and fun-loving group. Not only did their efforts contribute to this award, but we also received a “Louie” which is another award congratulating our excellence.
Thank you everyone. We look forward to our continued success.

The Last Few Weeks of Add Color to Your Life with Brandeis

Our 2016-2017 Study Guide has been published. If you don’t have your own personal copy, click below to look at all of the Study Guide offerings by opening the files provided here.  We have a wide variety of events. Feel free to start making your decisions of which events you want to attend. We look forward to seeing you at many of them.
SG for Web Sept through January
SG for Web Feb through June
To see pictures from some previous events, click here.

Upcoming Events
No. Day mm/dd Time Event
2A,D Mon 09/12 02:00 Knit and Stitch A,D
65 Wed 06/14 11:30 American Art Museum/Lunder Conservation Center
47B Fri 06/16 10:00 Great Decisions–Group B–Singles and Couples
47A Fri 06/16 02:00 Great Decisions–Group A—Couples Only
66 Tue 06/20 11:30 Food and Friends
14 Wed 06/21 10:30 Best Sellers Book Club
21D Wed 06/21 01:30 We’re Talking Movies -Group D
10A Sun 06/25 07:00 A. Current Events
10B Sun 06/25 07:00 B. The News Group
10C Sun 06/25 07:00 C. News Discussion
11 Mon 06/26 10:00 Mystery Book Club
12 Mon 06/26 12:30 Women in Literature
2B Mon 06/26 01:30 Knit and Stitch B
21C Wed 06/28 12:00 We’re Talking Movies -Group C

When Montgomery County Schools are closed due to inclement weather all Brandeis events will be cancelled. If Montgomery County Public Schools issues a two-hour delay, Brandeis events will take place.

Birthday Greetings 2017

Birthday Greetings Expanded

birthdaypresentsFor 2017 we will extend the animated birthday greetings service to not only include group birthday wishes to participating Brandeis members but members will now be able send personal birthday wishes to friends and family members. These messages will be sent close to the actual birth date but I cannot promise it will be sent on the actual day. The greeting will include an appropriate animated graphic, a birthday message and will be signed any way you request. Each birthday greeting will be $1.00. At the beginning of each quarter the list of the members celebrating birthdays will be sent to the entire membership. The new form will include space for you to request these new personal greetings.

For more information call Roz Auerbach 301-977-3791 The first quarter 2017 email will be sent in late December. All money collected will be used to support SUSTAINING THE MIND.

Train Your Brain (Game Day – 2017)

Brandeis National Committee, Greater Washington DC Chapter invites you to Train Your Brain Day (aka Game Day)
Location: Leisure World Club House I, Ballroom
3700 Rossmoor Blvd., Silver Spring, MD 20906
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Time: 10:30-2:30 (Registration to begin at 10:00)
Cost: $30

Continental Breakfast
Buffet Lunch

Proceeds to benefit Brandeis University’s Scholarship Campaign Fund

Play Bridge, Canasta, Mah Jongg, Scrabble, Rummy Q or try a new game. Bring your friends, your partners, or just yourself.
Use the form below to let us know what you wish to play. Remember to bring a game, cards, or a Mah Jongg set and plan to have a relaxing fun filled time. PLEASE DO NOT BRING CARD SHUFFLERS.
For questions or concerns call Sybil or Shelby.
Please mail the completed form below with an individual $30.00 check for each player to Sybil by Monday, January 9, 2017. Checks should be made payable to BNC. See the flyer in the Blast or get address from Study Guide.
Name _________________________________________________________
Phone ____________________________
Email ____________________________________________
 I am playing ______________ (game) with ______________________________________________
 I would like to play_____________ (game), but I need playmates.
Enclosed is $________ for ________ (no. of players)

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