February 21, 2020

Tour the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) June 5

Join us June 5, 10:30 till noon, at 5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, for a fascinating look at the GIA and the work it does. Established in 1931, the GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. The nonprofit organization does research, sets standards, and established the internationally used grading system for diamonds.  Tour is limited to the first 25, and don’t expect free samples!  Please send $10 (check to BNC) to Cynthia Birnbaum, 8515 Costa Verde Blvd. #702, San Diego 92122

Share the Brandeis freshman book experience May 17

Even if you don’t read Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, come hear about them and their world, ‘meet’ the author via DVD, and visit with the Brandeis freshmen. Lunch will be served, catered by Panera, and there will be plenty of time to socialize. Sponsored by the Contemporary Literature Study Group and facilitated by Llyn Mallen, the program will feature a video of the author addressing the freshman class.

May 17 – 12:30 p.m. at the Carlsbad Dove Library Community Room, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad

Please send $25 (check to BNC)  to Lenore Shapp, 12583 Montellano Terrace, San Diego 92130.   Proceeds to Sustaining the Mind.


Featuring fabulous entertainment by the husband and wife team, Wendy and Rik.  An elegant European Brunch will be served –  savory crepes and eggs Florentine,  baskets of warm pastries, fresh seasonal fruit, and best of all, an over- the-top surprise dessert.  To benefit the BNC Scholarship Campaign: $59 or $79 – or $99 for priority seating. Watch for your invitation in the mail.

Jewish Film Festival


BNC will be a community partner of the Jewish Film Festival,

Presenting The Women’s Balcony

at the Carlsbad Theater, 2822 State Street, Carlsbad

Sunday, February 19 at 4:00

Special discounted price – $12.00 (check payable to BNC)

Please mail to Bea Sklarewitz, 4025 Canario Street #241, Carlsbad 92008  by February 6.

You MUST include a stamped self-addressed envelope in order to receive your tickets.

University on Wheels 2017

Direct from the Brandeis campus: Dr. Don Katz, Professor of uow-busPsychology

Apples to Apples: Just an Illusion

An apple looks like an apple and tastes like an apple, so we know it’s an apple. Or do we? How do our brains determine what we like to eat – or don’t – and other tales of perception.

January 11    11:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

The Crossings, 5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad

Cocktail party reception January 10    4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

at the home of Linda and Marvin Epstein

$55 or $65, party: $25 (reserved for those attending the luncheon and their spouses and signif others)

Checks to Suzie Kaplan by Jan. 2. Contact her for menu choices  858-487-1422

It’s a Hanukkah Happening!

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Sunday, December 18   noon to 2:00 p.m.

at The Vi at La Jolla Village,  8515 Costa Verde Blvd,  San Diego.

Enjoy a traditional holiday lunch and a dessert buffet. Door prize!

Hanukah foods, games, a sing-along, and lots of ‘tradition, tradition!’

$36 ($13 tax deductible)

Mail check (made out to BNC) by Dec. 2

to Suzie Kaplan, 6991 Batista Street, San Diego, CA 92111

Carpools available, complimentary parking


Jewish Book Fair Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means

Author Michael Krasny, host of KQED’s Forum, will have you laughing your heads off, since he’s been telling the funniest jokes since his Bar Mitzvah. In Let There Be Laughter, Krasny investigates the themes of Jewish humor, appreciates heroes like Larry David and Amy Schumer, and entertains an audience with his iconic jokes.
Day and Time: November 3rd at noon (lunch included)
Location: Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff By Sea
Reserve your place NOW – this will sell out quickly!
Please mail a check for $17.50 (that’s less than the JCC Member price or senior price), made out to BNC, and include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for mailing the tickets to you.
We must have your check no later than October 20, no exceptions (but don’t wait as this will be a popular program)
Mail your check to Bea Sklarewitz.

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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Heritage of Music

musicaleHeritage of Music – from Berlin to Hamlisch   March 31 at 12:45 p.m.   Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa   5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad

Rabbi/Cantor Gabi Arad is co-founder of the Jewish Collaborative of San Diego.  Jennifer Walsey performs professionally in both musical theater and opera. They will be accompanied by Gayle Simon on keyboard. A traditional English tea will follow the program.

Proceeds to benefit the BNC Scholarship Campaign. $50 or $65                                                             to Bea Sklarewitz, 4025 Canario Street #241, Carlsbad  92008. (Checks made out to BNC)

‘Jewish Luck’

Save the Date– January 20, 10:00 a.m.,  at Seacrest Village. Meet author Meryll Levine Page, who wrote, with her sister, Leslie Levine Adler,  Jewish Luck: A True Story of Friendship, Deception  and Risky Business. Leslie and Meryll

Jewish Luck tells the story of two women, Vera and Alisa, in Soviet Russia. The book is based on a real forbidden friendship between co-author  Leslie Adler (left, Meryll on right) and the Russian Vera, which began in Leningrad in 1976. Together, they fought anti-Semitism under the Soviet regime and the ‘new’ Russia, and built their ‘luck’. The real Vera had to overcome the Soviet teachings she grew up with but built a successful business in Russia. The book provides a fascinating firsthand view of life in Russia under two regimes.

Please send $10  (check made out to BNC) to Jayne Marx, 8070 Sitio Toledo, Carlsbad  92009,  by Jan. 12, in support of the BNC Scholarship Campaign.

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