The Sarasota Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee has almost 500 members in the greater Sarasota area, and is a very active group. We have many events and activities that raise money for Brandeis University and give our members an opportunity to continue lifelong learning and become active participants in the many Sarasota cultural activities.
We support the Brandeis University libraries through our Book Fund by providing funds for growth and scholarships. Brandeis National Committee’s new campaign is “Sustaining the Mind: Scientific Research and Scholarships,” so we are now supporting scientific research and scholarships for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s and autism. We have over 20 study groups, including modern novels, movie discussions, people and places you should know in Sarasota, knitting, mahjong and many others.
Study groups are limited to members, and a study group card, which enables you to attend all study groups, can be purchased in the fall for the entire season. Our events usually include a night at the ballet, afternoon at the Asolo Theater with a panel of actors, performance and lunch, and Art in the Afternoon, a series of three lunch/fine art performances. We also have a book-and-author luncheon, University on Wheels event (during which a Brandeis professor presents a topic of interest to our members and community) and a Hanukkah party, among other events.
Members have access to email and Facebook updates about all upcoming events and activities. We also have printed bulletins that are sent out three times a year with information about all of our study groups and activities. We look forward to new members joining our group, getting involved and sustaining their mind through our rich and meaningful activities.