March 26, 2017

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


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.



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 Next Two 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
10A Sun 03/26 07:00 A. Current Events
10B Sun 03/26 07:00 B. The News Group
10C Sun 03/26 07:00 C. News Discussion
10D Sun 03/26 07:00 D. In the News
11 Mon 03/27 10:00 Mystery Book Club
12 Mon 03/27 12:30 Women in Literature
2B Mon 03/27 01:30 Knit and Stitch B
50 Tue 03/28 11:00 Jewish Experience in China
51 Wed 03/29 01:00 Passover Traditions Around the World
43 Thu 03/30 10:00 Introduction to Bridge
47A Fri 03/31 02:00 Great Decisions–Group A—Couples Only
47B Fri 03/31 10:00 Great Decisions–Group B–Singles and Couples
2A Mon 04/03 02:00 Knit and Stitch A
2D Mon 04/03 02:00 Knit and Stitch D
52 Tue 04/04 02:00 Guided Tour of the National Mall’s Architecture
Wed 04/05 10:00 Board Meeting
53 Thu 04/06 09:15 Goddard Space Flight Center
43 Thu 04/07 10:00 Introduction to Bridge
47B Fri 04/08 10:00 Great Decisions–Group B–Singles and Couples
47A Fri 04/08 02:00 Great Decisions–Group A—Couples Only

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.

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)

Book & Author Luncheon – Turning Over a New Leaf

mapleleafOur annual Book & Author Luncheon is coming up; being held at the Gaithersburg Hilton on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Registration and Boutique begins at 9:00, program at 10:15. Be sure to make your reservation quickly See the invitation here and read about the authors and their books Book and Author Invitation.

Birthday Greeting Project

2016 Spring Installation Luncheon

hot-air-balloon-clipartBethesda Marriott Pooks Hill
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

9:00 a.m. Registration & Boutique Program Begins

Our Speakers

Rachel D. Miller
is a highly respected energy and environmental expert.

Eleanor Clift
is a Washington correspondent for the Daily Beast.

Co-Presidents: Barbara Fayne & Honey Edell
Luncheon Chairs: Judy Blickstein &
Sandy Pincus-Rush

Proceeds to Benefit Brandeis University”s
Scholarship Campaign Fund

Complimentary Parking

To secure your reservation, please make check payable to BNC
and mail with complete form from email by April 25, 2016 to Linda

Visit Brandeis

Now’s your chance — as an active member of BNC or perhaps even contemplating being more involved, join an exciting program May 2 – May 4th at Brandeis University geared to Chapter Leaders. Feel connected to Brandeis and see first hand how special the campus is and why your support is so vital. A few more spots are open. RSVP by April 5th, 2016. Contact the National Center at 781-736-4171.

The Last Two Weeks of The Sky’s the Limit

HotAirBalloons We look forward to seeing you and meeting new friends at our exciting 2015-16 Events. We have something for everyone!   Please look below at the chart to see if one of your events is listed. If you cannot attend an event, please let the coordinator know. The coordinator should call the next person on the wait list.

To see this spring’s events, click here.
To see pictures of some previous events, click here

Upcoming Events
No. Day mm/dd Time Event
44 Fri 06/17 10:00 Great Decisions -Couples
11C Wed 06/22 12:00 We’re Talking Movies C
61 Thu 06/23 11:30 Food and Friends
07 Sun 06/26 07:00 Sunday News Discussion Group
08 Mon 06/27 10:00 Mystery Book Club
09 Mon 06/27 12:30 Women in Literature
15B Mon 06/27 01:30 Knit and Stitch B
Sun 10/26 06:00 Ladies’ Night Out

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