June 5, 2020

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.”


Summer Sensations!

We have many activities planned for the upcoming months! There are upcoming tours to Gardens at Wickham Park, Florence Griswold Museum,
The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism & the Garden Movement 1887 – 1920, D’Amour Fine Arts Museum and many more. We encourage you to attend, participate in fund raising for our chapter and bring guests!

To view details and register for events, click the link below:

.BNC – first 3 activities Summer 2016

Meet Arthur and Leslie Pearlstein

Including a bequest or charitable gift annuity in your estate plan is an easy and rewarding way to support Brandeis University and its students. You can receive guaranteed, fixed income payments for life. Rates are locked in at the time you donate. To learn more, please contact M’Lissa Brennan at 781-736-4178 or email at mlissa@brandeis.edu.

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A Big Thank You to Our Presenters!

This Spring, some exciting chapter events took place for the first time! Member participation was great and we saw some new faces at many of our activities as well! We wanted to thank our generous presenters for their commitment and effort- we had a lot of fun!
1) Hartford Artisan Weavers who are demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their creations at this weekend’s (Apr 8, 9, 10) American Fine Craft Show at the XL Center, Hartford.
2) Lin Huntting Congdon is holding free and group workshops to help with posture and pain issues http://gokhalemethod.com/city?c=West%20Hartford
The exhibit “It Was Paradise: Jewish Rhodes” at the Museum of Jewish Civilization at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. It will be on display through May 1, 2016. For information call (860) 768-4022.

Meet Sophia Glickman

Brandeis students like Sophia Glickman ’16 give us hope. A BNC Scholar from Valhalla, New York, Sophia is a double major in biology and environmental studies. She worked as an undergraduate researcher in K.C. Hayes’ laboratory, researching the effects of various diets on the development of diabetes in rats. She chose Brandeis because of its friendly atmosphere and the opportunities it offers students to find their own path. Read her thank you letter (http://bit.ly/1pH9GB9) where she thanks BNC members, like YOU, for making her Brandeis experience possible. Thank you for supporting the BNC Scholarship Campaign. https://giving.brandeis.edu/bncscholarship. Read more stories like Sophia’s here.

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.

Posture and Pain Workshop

Lin Huntting Congdon, teacher of The Gokhale Method/Primal Posture will be offering a free, hour long, workshop that all members are encouraged to attend! Come and learn about the relationship between pain and posture – how we use our bodies in sitting, standing, resting, bending and walking. You’ll gain an overview of what healthy, pain free posture looks like, and some techniques to help move you in the right direction.

To register, contact Miriam Miller at mmiller631@aol.com.

It was Paradise: Jewish Rhodes

Come join us for a tour of the Museum of Jewish Civilization exhibit: “It was Paradise: Jewish Rhodes” inside Mortensen Library, at the Henry Jack Gray Center- University of Hartford. Jewish Rhodes was a vibrant, flourishing Jewish community, known as “Small Jerusalem” until the Nazi roundup in 1944. The exhibit includes video interviews with survivors and descendants of the Rhodes Jewish community members. It begins at 10:30 AM and will be led by University of Hartford Professor Richard Freund.

On the morning of the tour, drivers must call the U of H’s Public Safety Office to register for free, on-campus parking.  Parking in Lot K. For registration and further inquiries, please contact Judy Kronick: judykron2@comcast.net


Movie and Dinner

Come join the BNC Hartford Chapter for a movie and dinner evening this December! We’re attending a screening of “Brooklyn” at the Cinema City at the Palace, 330 New Park Avenue, Hartford, then heading over to Shu Restaurant for dinner at 6:30 pm. Movie & Dinner at a local Asian restaurant has become a BNC tradition, and all are welcome to meet the group just for dinner as well! Please contact Charlotte Bazer (***-233-5034) if interested. We hope to see you there!

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