March 24, 2023

The Bette Aschkenasy Lunch & Learn 2023

Women of Stature:
Stories from Afar
An event that is both enlightening and fun every year. This year it is being held at:
Congregation Har Shalom
11510 Falls Road, Potomac, MD
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
10:00 am–2:00 pm

Click here to see the flyer and registration form

Our Calendars September 2022 – June 2023

Our members were hard at work planning – and have created calendars for you to see our events and more. After you hit “Read More” you will be able to click to see those calendars

Click here to view September to December 2022 calendar

Click here to view January to March 2023 Calendar

Click here to view April to June_2023_Calendar

The September 2022 thru June 2023 Study Guides

The new 2022-23 Study Guides. Here we are showing our September to December offerings and the January to March 2023 ones. There are lots of interesting and/or fun events of many kinds: reading, crafts, discussions, movies and more. The latest are live, some have been zoom. Now you can see the April thru June activities.

Click here to see Part 1 of the Study guide

Click here to see Part 2 of the Study guide

Click here to see Part 3 of the Study guide

Birthday Greetings

Our birthday greeting project is a fundraiser which enables members to send an adorable animated birthday email greeting to a friend for a donation of $1.00 per greeting and help the chapter raise money for Sustaining the Mind. One Greeting is sent with all the names listed. It is completely voluntary. No information is taken from registration forms. Members who wish to participate send an email with month and day of their birthday to the birthday greeting chair-person. A master list is compiled and quarterly a list is sent to the entire membership of the birthday ladies for the coming 3 months. Friends then circle the names on the list and send in a check made out to BNC for $1.00 per name. At the beginning of each month each birthday “girl” gets an adorable animated email greeting card listing all those who have wished them a happy birthday.

In the 3 years the program has been in operation over $4500 has been raised to support Sustaining the Mind at absolutely no cost to the chapter.To be included for 2018, email your month and date to Cathy


This year we are helping to Combat Hunger in Maryland. This is very much in keeping with Brandeis’s mission.

Members of the Social Justice Committee helped to alleviate hunger in Montgomery County on December 17th. They went to Nourish Now on Taft Street in Rockville where they sorted and/or packed boxes for families, or checked freshness of produce or expiration dates.

You can contact Linda C with questions or to participate in their next endeavor at Manna on February 14 at 10am.
Linda C, Roberta F, Linda R

Grobans establish endowed scholarship

Lynne and Mark Groban

Sorry, Ohio State. Your alumna Lynne Groban has adopted Brandeis as the university that gets her keenest philanthropic attention.

Lynne and her husband, Mark, recently made a generous gift to establish an endowed scholarship, helping the Brandeis National Committee’s Scholarship Campaign surpass its goal of raising $1 million by June 30.

“Establishing a scholarship at Brandeis is in keeping with our embrace of tikkun olam [repairing the world],” says Groban, BNC’s national vice president of fundraising. “I have always respected what Brandeis is: a Jewish-founded, nonsectarian university committed to giving deserving students the opportunity to pursue an outstanding education.”

Groban’s gift to Brandeis makes a significant impact. After all, Brandeis is not yet 70 years old and has only about 40,000 living alumni, less than 10 percent of Ohio State’s estimated 500,000 graduates.

“I still get solicitation letters from Ohio State, but the school doesn’t need me,” she says. “Ohio State had thousands and thousands of graduates long before Brandeis was even an idea. At Brandeis, I feel like I can really make a difference.”

The Grobans understand the need for scholarships that support promising students. Scholarship assistance allowed Mark, a retired psychiatrist and former CEO at Mid Atlantic Medical Services, to earn his degree from Albany Medical College. Mark and Lynne have endowed both a deanship and a scholarship at that school in recognition of its central role in his life.

For the Grobans, philanthropy is a family affair. Lynne and Mark’s three children are deeply involved with their charitable causes. “It’s a way to introduce them to the idea of giving back and helping the less fortunate,” she says.

Lynne has been involved with the BNC since 2000, when, after retiring as a dental hygienist, she joined the Greater Washington, D.C., Chapter at the urging of friends. She quickly made new friends and soon was appointed to the chapter’s membership committee. In 2003, Groban teamed with fellow membership committee co-chairs Ginny Schultz and Abbey Brahin to recruit more than 100 new members to the chapter.

She also served as the D.C. Chapter’s fundraising co-chair and an executive board members. She has been a member of the BNC’s National Executive Committee for many years.

“I am very proud to be affiliated with Brandeis and help it achieve the goals set out by its founders,” she says. “Even though I didn’t attend Brandeis, it still feels like my place.”


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