July 13, 2020

General Meeting

generalmeetingPlease join us for BNC’s First General Meeting of the season at 10:30 a.m., at the Jewish Federation Building (580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota). Topic of interest: “The Future of the Media” with panelist Jim Duffy, former President of ABC television; Al Herskovitz, publisher of Talkers, a daily internet information sheet with over 50,000 subscribers; Irwin Starr, former general manager of TV station and current moderator of the Media Roundtable and Burt Sherwood, former general manager of radio stations and VP of NBC (WMAQ) in Chicago.

Light refreshments will be served. Bring your friends and neighbors! Questions? Contact Anne Sherwood at annesherwood7358@gmail.com or Sunny Brownrout at sunnybrn@aol.com

THE KNOWN WORLD, Special Study Group

For two decades, the New Student Forum has fostered conversations between incoming first-years and notable authors. Over the summer, students are asked to read a selected work and come to campus prepared to discuss it with classmates, faculty and the author.  This year, the selection committee chose Edward P. Jones’ 2003 novel “The Known World,” an epic work of historical fiction exploring the life of a black slaveowner in the antebellum South. It won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize Award for Fiction in 2004.  This special study group will be held at the Roskamp Center on April 11th from 1:00 to 3:00p.

April Study Groups

AprilStudyGroupsYour schedule changes…you have a free day…company cancels. Check out the April listings as there are still some very interesting study groups that will be taking place. The month of April is still of ongoing interest, so please review our offerings and COME IF YOU CAN!! Call or email the Registrar or if this is last minute, just show up! You can attend one session before purchasing a study group card.

A Successful Art in the Afternoon

The 3rd and final event in the BNC’s Art in the Afternoon series concluded on March 11 at the Meadows Country Club with a stunning presentation by Phillip Gainsley, a regular voice on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast. The talk  featured  Stephen Sondheim, the greatest and best known artist in American musical theater.  Mr. Gainsley played music from Follies, Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and West Side Story. While commenting on the Artist’s words and creative process, he even played comments in Sondheim’s own voice. It was a thrilling and informative talk. Upon completion, 47 BNC members adjourned to the dining room for a fresh salad lunch. All agreed that the series was spectacular again this year.

On Feb. 11, we spent a delightful time listening to Diane Steinbrink discuss the life and work of Neil Simon. She regaled us with stories about his personal history, and the humor and pathos of his vast body of work. He wrote over thirty plays and movie screenplays that are familiar to all of us including, “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” and the trilogy of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Biloxi Blues” and “Broadway Bound.” Diane performed several monologues from his various plays that illustrated his ability to see into the underlying feelings of his characters. Her performance was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We then adjourned into the light and lovely dining area for a nice lunch and conversation. We are all looking forward to another wonderful Art in the Afternoon next month on March 11.

On Tuesday January 14, the popular series, Art in the Afternoon, began its 5th successful year at the Meadows Country Club.  Jean Renoux spoke  on the Art and Architecture of Prague with a special emphasis on Jewish Prague.  Jean is a knowledgeable and experienced traveler with a sense of adventure who gave a witty tour of this elegant old world city and its famous residents,  including the Municipal Building, Franz Kafka , Alphonse Mucha, old synagogues, the golem, the Charles Bridge and the old clock in the Wenceslas Square. He contrasted this with wit and humor showing us the contemporary and irreverent sculptures in the city.
Following his talk we adjourned to the gracious light-filled dining room overlooking the golf course where 73 Brandeis members and their guests enjoyed a lovely salad lunch.

New Members Judith and Mike Beltzman Join Board

Mike Beltzman

Mike was born in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University. He is married to Judy and they have a son, Jon. For 17 years, Mike worked for Mobil Chemical’s plastic division in various management positions. Leaving Mobil, he went into business for himself, helping companies grow their sales. Since retiring, he serves on many non-profit boards in both Michigan and Florida. Mike loves good films and leads film discussion classes in Michigan and at Lifelong Learning in Sarasota. For leisure, he plays golf (when his back allows it), works on film festivals, reads mystery novels, and attends jazz concerts, theatre and films. His great pleasure is spending quality time with family and friends.

Judith Beltzman

Originating in Detroit, Michigan, Judy attended Wayne State University for her Bachelor and Master Degrees.  In 1992 she received her Doctorate from Walden University.  Her area of expertise is teaching adults with special needs.  She worked for many years in teaching, transition services and advocacy for individuals with learning disabilities and psychiatric disabilities. She has been married to Michael for 48 years and they have a son, Jon.   Her passion is advocacy for individuals with special needs.  Her insight and commitment to this population have taught her the importance of working for causes beyond ones self.  

March Study Groups

Your schedule changes…you have a free day…company cancels. Take a second look at March Study Groups to see if there is something you did not previously register for and might want to do now! Call or email the Registrar or if this is last minute, just show up! You can attend one session before purchasing a study group card.

New Member Reception – March 7, 2014

ReceptionOn Friday, March 7 at 11: 30 am., there will be a reception for new and prospective members of Brandeis National Committee of Sarasota immediately following  the general meeting.  Men and women are invited to attend the meeting and brief reception and take advantage of a new member only 15- month membership.  The meeting will be held on the Jewish Federation campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, Florida.  This is an opportunity to learn about the Brandeis mission and meet the Brandeis members.  For more information call Joan Magiet at 941-346-7013


March 7, 2014 – General Meeting

March7GM2014The Brandeis National Committee (BNC) of Sarasota will hold a General Meeting on the Jewish Federation Campus at 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota.  The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public.  Richard Russell, Executive Director of the Sarasota Opera will speak about the history of our Sarasota Opera, an important economic driver of our community.  It will be a day of fun, history, charm and enjoyment!  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information about the meeting or BNC, contact Audrey Lourie at 941 927 1900 or mandd02@aol.com.

Book and Author Luncheon – Enjoyed by All!

Flo Korchin, Toby Halpern and Sara Benesch, Book and Author Co-Chairs, with Paul Green

Flo Korchin, Toby Halpern and Sara Benesch, Book and Author Co-Chairs, with Paul Green

Nearly 90 people attended the Brandeis National Committee’s Book and Author Luncheon, which was held on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Michael’s on East.  The speaker at the event was Paul Green who discussed his book “Forgotten Hostages:  A Personal Account of Washington’s First Major Terror Attack.”  During the attack, Paul Green and over 125 of his colleagues faced threats of beheading and death for 40 hours from the Hanafi Muslim terrorists who had captured the B’nai B’rith building.  Across town a second attack almost killed future Washington mayor Marion Barry and killed a young reporter. At a third location, a mosque, multiple hostages were also taken.  With Washington in chaos, the lives of all the hostages hung in the balance.  It was the first time local and federal law enforcement authorities faced such a terror attack in DC. It became an international incident as well since three Arab ambassadors became involved in finding a way to save the lives of the hostages. Co-chairs of the event were Toby Halpern, Florence Korchin and Sara Benesch.

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