June 19, 2019

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.

Special Event – The Ruth Gruber Story

On Sunday, November 13, 2016, 11 a.m. at Norbeck Country Club we are having Brunch, movie and discussion about Ruth Gruber. An exciting event as we are showing the film, AHEAD OF TIME – THE RUTH GRUBER STORY, the story of an amazing woman whose accomplishments were above and beyond the norm for her time and, for that matter, anytime. One of the executive producers will be our guest speaker and will lead a discussion about the film. Norbeck will be preparing a sumptuous Brunch/Lunch because, as you know, it is part of our Mission Statement, “a person has to eat”. To see the flyer and to make a reservation click here

Birthday Greeting Project

Friedberg Announced as BNC National President

Madalyn Friedberg, from the Central Westchester chapter, who has served as national vice president of fundraising for the past year, succeeded Barbara Sander as the Brandeis National Committee’s national president on July 1. Madalyn joined the BNC in 1973, and will serve as a leader for the organization and its 41 chapters.

Friedberg joined the BNC at the urging of a friend. A mother of three young children, she was seeking a group of like-minded lifelong learners. She knew about Brandeis University because her father, David Felix, had been friendly with Lawrence Wien, the founder of Brandeis’ Wien International Scholarship Program.

“I liked the BNC women right away,” Friedberg says. “I remember the women didn’t ask what my husband did for a living or how many children I had. They cared about who I was.”

As treasurer of the Central Westchester chapter for many years, she knows the financial advantages of establishing a charitable gift annuity for those interested in supporting the university. In 2015, Friedberg and her husband, Stephen, established a generous charitable gift annuity, planning to create another one this year.

“The premise on which the university was founded is very important to us,” Madalyn says. “Brandeis opened a whole world to people who needed an education. We want to do what we can to support Brandeis.”


Book & Author Luncheon

WritingBooksOur Annual Book & Author Luncheon
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The Radisson,
3 Research Court, Rockville, MD

Moderated by Stan Levin

9:00 a.m. Registration, Boutique & Coffee Station
10:15 a.m. Program Begins

Honey Edell & Barbara Fayne

Book & Author Chairs
Sandy Levinson & Sheila Schrier

Proceeds to Benefit
Sustaining the Mind, Program for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases

The Authors and Their Books

Author of Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

Ms. Wildman writes about the intersection of culture, politics, history and memory in Europe and America. In the last decade she has lived in and reported from many European countries and Israel. She was the 2010 Peter R. Weitz Prize winner, a prize awarded for excellence and originality in European coverage. A regular contributor to the New York Times and other well-known magazines on line, she has also been the recipient of a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Grant in Jerusalem, and Arthur F. Burns and American Fellowship in International Journalism.

Author of Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying)

This is a personal investigation into the science of aging. Over the course of a 25-year career in magazine journalism, he has written about extraordinary athletes, health and fitness, con-artists, the environment and the sex lives of oysters, among other topics. He is a native of Washington, DC and was educated at Dartmouth College. He is an enthusiastic cyclist, skier and cook. He divides his time between New York City and the popular turn-of-the-century Chautauqua community of Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania.

The Partisan Divide:  Congress in Crisis

Martin Frost served 26 years in Congress representing the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in North Texas. During that time he served for 4 years as Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and 4 years as Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.  He has undergraduate degrees in journalism and history from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.  He is a senior partner in the DC office of the Polsinelli law firm.

Tom Davis served in Congress from 1994 to 2008 representing Virginia’s 11th district, serving as House GOP campaign chairman for 2 cycles (2000 and 2002) and chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight before retiring undefeated in 2008.  A graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia Law School, he currently serves as a Director at Deloitte LLP.  He is also co-founder at “No Labels.”

Richard Cohen has written about Congress for National Journal, Politico and Congressional Quarterly.  He is the author of several books including, Washington at Work: Back Rooms and Clean Air and Rostenkowski:The Pursuit of Power and the End of the Old Politics.  He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and law degree from Georgetown Law Center.

Directions to The Radisson                       

From Potomac

Wooten Pwy, left on Darnestown Rd, one block right onto Shady Grove Rd, right on Corporate Blvd (which is 1 block passed That’s Amore Restaurant).  You can see The Radisson sign here.

From Leisure World

Norbeck Rd., right onto Gude Dr., right on Research Blvd, right on Research Ct., follow road, when you see Sleep Inn sign turn right…Sleep Inn is on right, The Radisson on left (sign not too visable)

From 270 (going north)

Take Shady Grove Rd exit 8, go left on Shady Grove Rd, left on Corporate Blvd.  The Radisson is the 3rd driveway on the left.

From 270 (going south)

Take Shady Grove Rd exit 8, go right on Shady Grove Rd., left on Corporate Blvd.  The Radisson is the 3rd driveway on the left.


Judy appointed Regional President

Judy Blickstein of the Greater Washington Chapter has been appointed
Regional President to include the following chapters:
Greater Washington
Northern Virginia
We wish her much success and good luck in her new position

O Street Mansion June 1, 2015

diningGreater Washington Chapter
The BNC Special Events Committee
Presents Its End of the Year Event
Where: The Mansion on O Street
2020 O Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
A few blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro Stop
When: Monday, June 1, 2015
Time: 11 AM –2 PM
Price: $48.00, includes a great buffet lunch

The O Street Mansion provides a sumptuous buffet luncheon with many options from which to select. You will be in for a real treat! Explore the Mansion’s many unique rooms to be discovered behind hidden doors: see the log cabin suite, the two story bathroom and the 1950’s style kitchen.
**Note: Valet parking is available for $20 per car.
There are steps up to the entrance of the mansion and steps in order to explore the building. An elevator is available to some floors of the Mansion.

Proceeds for this event will go to BNC Sustaining the Mind:
Research for Neurodegenerative Diseases.

2015 Spring Installation Luncheon


Life is Sweet


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Lakewood Country Club

9:00 a.m. Registration & Boutique
10:00 Program Begins

Co-Presidents:  Judy Blickstein & Barbara Fayne

Luncheon Chairs: Etta Doris, Joni Sommer, and Rita Weisstuch

Proceeds to Benefit Brandeis University’s
Sustaining the Mind Program for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Our Speakers:

Jason Loewith is the Artistic Director of the Olney Theatre Center, where he recently directed Avenue Q, How to Succeed in Business…, and the world premiere of Rancho Mirage. As a playwright, Jason won Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best New Musical for Adding Machine: A Musical, which he co-wrote with composer Joshua Schmidt. Other recent work included the world premiere of Janece Shaffer’s Broke (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta), and a dozen plays for Chicago’s Next Theatre Company, where he served as artistic director from 2002-08. Before joining Olney Theatre Center, Jason proudly served four years as Executive Director of the National New Play Network. His book The Director’s Voice, Volume 2 was published by TCG in 2012.

Robert Romasco earned his B.A. in History at Brandeis University and his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Amalgamated Bank and the Eastwood Company. In June 2014 he completed an eight-year term on AARP’s Board of Directors, serving as president and chief national volunteer spokesperson from 2012 – 2014. Mr. Romasco has held executive positions with QVC, CIGNA, J.C. Penney, American Century Investments, and Epsilon. He has also served on the boards of numerous large and emerging companies.

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