February 6, 2016

Save the Date

The Florida Region of the Brandeis National Committee invites you to The BNC Scholarship Campaign Luncheon. Keynote speaker, Brandeis University Interim President Lisa M. Lynch and a special performance by award-winning singer, songwriter Ellen Bukstel on March 10, 2016. Click here for more information!

Join Dr. Jonathan Sarna

Join “Freund Scholar-in-Residence Weekend” at Temple Beth Shalom, February 5/6, 2016, as we welcome Dr. Jonathan Sarna, Professor of American Jewish History in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. RSVP is only necessary for Friday night dinner. Do not miss this unique opportunity to meet one of Brandeis’ most dynamic speakers.

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Art and Architecture

cafeJoin BNC Sarasota on March 8-  The Art and Architecture of Vienna, lecturer, Jean Renoux, Cafe Baci, 11:00AM-2:00PM.

Jean Joseph Renoux has organized tours to explore the art and architecture of countries worldwide for over thirty years. These tours encompass far more than the usual tourist attractions. You learn about the history, art, music, food and culture of the places we visit.

With his numerous past trips to France, Italy, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Romania, Croatia, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Mali, Morocco and Tunisia, he has discovered all of the fascinating out-of-the way places that are off the beaten tourist path. He has also developed relationships with the best local travel guides in order to offer you the optimal experience touring the destination of your choice.

Jean has also taught continuing education classes to more than 9,500 architects and designers since 1996. His courses are accepted by the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers); AIA/CES (American Institute of Architects/Continuing Education Systems); and all the state boards of architecture and interior designers, nationwide.

Besides his tours and seminars, Jean frequently lectures on European History, Art and Architecture. He has spoken at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington D.C.; the High Museum in Atlanta; the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as at many universities in Design, San Diego University, Savannah College of Art & Design, Florida International University and the University of North Carolina – Asheville.

Jean also works as a consultant to interior designers and architects helping to integrate innovative “green” designs into their building plans.

Personal History

Jean was born in France, but spent most of his childhood in Tunisia where his physician father was the director of the Pasteur Institute. The family returned to France a few years after Tunisia gained its independence from France. There, as a young man, he had the unique opportunity to work as personal assistant to Louis Malle, the famed movie director of Au Revoir les Enfants, My Dinner with Andre, Pretty Baby and many other award-winning films. After his move to the U.S., Jean worked as production designer on films shot in Florida and Mexico; and also produced and directed “The Human Voice” by Jean Cocteau at La Mama New York City, one the World’s most important avant-garde theater. Prior to moving to Sarasota, Florida, 34 years ago, Jean had also lived in London, Geneva, Washington D.C. and New York City. (Extracted from Jean’s Website)

Book and Author

Join us January 31 for an exciting Book and Author event featuring Talia Carner, author of HOTEL MOSCOW —–Michaels on East 10:00AM – 2:00PM. Men and Women are invited to attend.

Brandeis Goes To The Theatre

On Sunday, December 16, the Sarasota Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee (BNC) enjoyed the annual opening Special Event of the year by attending the glorious “West Side Story” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Seventy BNC members and their guests began the day with a sparkling panel discussion with the two leading actors in this award winning musical, Jenna Burns (Maria) and Marc Koeck (Tony) pictured with Janet Tolbert, Event Chair. After a catered lunch on the mezzanine, all thrilled to the excitement of the gorgeous cast of singers and dancers in this alive and vibrant musical production.

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

West Side Story and Gypsy

The Florida Region of the Brandeis National Committee invites you to “West Side Story and Gypsy”, a multimedia presentation about the creation of these legendary American musicals, which were first performed during the 1950s on Broadway. These prominent musicals reflected the various elements of an evolving American culture, and if you would like to learn more about their productions, join us at The Meadows Country Club on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.

This is the first of an exciting series- ‘Art in the Afternoon’! For more information and pricing, please contact Janet Tolbert at 941-388-9624 or Evie Batten at 941-751-4730.

University on Wheels

Join us Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the TPC Prestancia Country Club. Speaker Dr. Suzanne Paradis, Associate Professor of Biology at Brandeis University will talk about “Brain Storm: The Search for Answers to Autism and other Disorders.” Download PDF for more details.

West Side Story

Join us for a pre-performance talk, lunch and a matinee of the wonderful West Side Story. Sunday, December 13, 2015 starting at 11:30 a.m.  Click flyer for more details.

Study Groups at Sea

Brandeis National Committee, Presents Study Groups at Sea, Florida Region
Regal Princess

When: January 10 – 17, 2016  (7 nights)

Sailing round trip from Ft. Lauderdale to Princess Cays, St. Thomas & St. Maarten

Category  IF  Inside Cabin $879
Category IB Inside Cabin $899
Category BW  Balcony Obstructed $1029
Category BD Balcony $1229
Category DZ Deluxe Obstructed Balcony $1179
Category DD Deluxe Balcony $1249
Category MF Mini-Suite $1329

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Princess Cruises reserves the right to add a fuel surcharge. All categories are subject to availability.  All prices and taxes are subject to change. Deposit:  20%  of cabin price at time of reservation. Final Payment:  due Oct. 22, 2015

Cancellation:  Full refund of cruise deposit up to Oct. 22, 2015. Thereafter, Princess Cruises penalties apply. We recommend Insurance.


Insurance must be by check payable to Jefferson Travel with your cruise deposit.  This group insurance has a 10 day free-look, after that time period the policy is non-refundable.  We will supply you with a copy of the Certificate of Insurance upon receipt of payment.

Coverage up to $1000 per person … cost $58
Coverage up to $1500 per person … cost $87
Coverage up to $2000 per person … cost $108

Brandeis University and Brandeis National Committee Travel Responsibility Statement:

Jefferson Travel and Princess Cruises are the sole operators of this tour.  Brandeis University and the Brandeis National Committee are not responsible or liable for the acts or omissions of any providers of tour services, including but not limited to airlines, hotels, restaurants, bus carriers, cruise lines, theaters or any other person or entity engaged in carrying out tour arrangements (e.g., changes in flight times, hotel arrangements, itinerary or fare changes, accidents, injury, damage or loss) or for any other event or cause (e.g., sickness, weather, strike, civil unrest, acts of terrorism, quarantine, acts of God).  Or for any losses or additional expenses occasioned thereby.  The right is reserved to decline to accept or to terminate participation (without refund) of any person on the tour should such person’s health, actions or general deportment impede the operation of the tour or the rights or welfare of other participants.

Included – One Bottle of Wine per cabin and $25 per person On Board Credit

(Veterans will receive additional $100 Cabin On Board Credit with proof of honorable discharge)

Applicable Princess Promotions including Past Passengers will be applied to your booking. Please advise your Princess Club number at time of reservation.

For Information Call

Elaine Bloom (847)  899-0032

Dr. Lydia Axelrod (561)  573-4069

Jefferson Travel Inc.
14410 S. Military Trail; Delray Beach, Fl.  33484
(561) 495-0703; (800) 533-8728

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