October 4, 2023

Yearly Bulletin

Our 2018-2019 bulletin is now available! Check out our programs http://blogs.brandeis.edu/bncsarasotafl/files/2018/11/Sarasota2018.pdf.

Summer Reading Recomendations

As we officially enter summer, we hope all our members have some time to kick back and enjoy the sun. What better way to enjoy the warmth (or the AC) than with a good book? Brandeis University has released its list of summer reading recommendations from various professors and librarians. This extensive list ranges from historical and political analysis, to graphic novels and crime thrillers.

Here is the list:

The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker by Kathy Cramer and recommended by Jill Greenlee, Associate Professor of Politics.

No Fire in the Ashes: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L. Moore and recommended by Chad Williams, Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Chair in History

The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire Series #1) by Craig Johnson and recommended by Matthew Sheehy, University librarian

In the Skin of a Jihadist: A Young Journalist Enters the ISIS Recruitment Network by Anna Erelle and recommended by Jytte Klausen, Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation

Biogea by Michel Serres and Highway Kind by Justine Kurland, both recommended by Peter Kalb, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art on the Cythia L.and Theodore S. Berenson Chair and Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel and recommended by Thomas Doherty, Professor of American Studies

Haifa: City of Steps by Nili Scharf Gold, Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s by Marc Dollinger, and The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine by Gabrielle Rossmer Gropmand and Sonya Gropman, recommended by Sylvia Fuks Fried, Director of Publications at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Executive Director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry


See the original article for further details about each book.

Event: End of Season Celebration – April 9th

Join us on April 9th at Cafe Baci to celebrate the end of a wonderful season, the installation of the 2018-2019 Board of Directors, and Barb Sander! We will share a lunch buffet and come together in celebration of an excellent year and a wonderful woman.

Barb Sander is our guest of honor at this event. She is a past National President of BNC, as well as a past President of our chapter! If you don’t yet know Barb this event is a great chance to meet her.

RSVP by March 30th, you don’t want to miss out on this exciting event!

End of Season Celebration Event Flyer

Special Event: Red Sox vs. Astros Training Game – March 24th

The Alumni Club of South Florida invites BNC Sarasota to cheer on the Boston Red Sox as they take on the Houston Astros! This spring training game will take place on Saturday, March 24th at 1:05 pm at the JetBlue Park, Ft. Myers, Florida.

Tickets are $28 each. Our block of tickets is in the left field grandstand, section 220. Tickets are limited to 4 per person.

RSVP today! Pre-payment is required and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets will be mailed in advance of the game.

For questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumnievents@brandeis.edu or 781-736-4041.


Red Sox Spring Training Game:
Sox vs. Astros 
Saturday, March 241:05 p.m.JetBlue Park
Ft. Myers, Florida

The Alumni Club of South Florida invites you to cheer on Brandeis’ hometown team, the Boston Red Sox, as they take on the Houston Astros in a spring training game!

Tickets are $28 each. 
Our block of 20 tickets is located in the left field grandstand, section 220. To allow the maximum number of alumni and friends to attend, tickets are limited to 4 per person.

RSVP today! Pre-payment is required. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be mailed to attendees in advance of the game.

For questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumnievents@brandeis.edu or 781-736-4041.

Special Event: Florida Region Symposium – February 6th, 7th

The Florida Region of Brandeis National Committee presents:

A Stimulating and Thought Provoking Symposium.
Using Study Guides Prepared by Brandeis University Professors

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2017  1:30PM
Roskamp 1226 N. Tamiami Trail

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 9:30AM
Hyatt Place, SRQ Airport

$20 per member, $25 for guests. A Continental Breakfast will be served on during the 9:30 session.

February 6:

Professor Daniel Breen’s “Landmarks of the Fourth Amendment” presented by Ruth Manishin and Joan Roude explores the right of people to be “secure in their persons, houses, places, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures”.

Professor William Flesch’s  “The Plot Against America by Philip Roth” presented by Dr. Lydia Axelrod is a fictional analysis of Charles Lindbergh’s Ascendency to the Presidency.

February 7:

Professor Jill Greenlee’s “Forging Political Opinion Over the Long & Short Haul” presented by Ronnie Gerstein will explore political learning & development over one’s lifetime, including the role of the media & political campaigns in shaping political opinion.

Mission Statement: Brandeis National Committee is dedicated to providing philanthropic support to Brandeis University, a distinguished liberal arts and research university founded by the American Jewish Community. Its membership is connected to the university through fundraising and through  activities that reflect the values on which the university was founded: academic excellence, social justice, nonsectarian and service to the community



Event: Sarasota Ballet Tour – January 23rd

Are you a fan of ballet? Have you ever wondered how productions are created or what dancing with a company is like? Now is your chance to find out! On January 23rd, BNC Sarasota will take a backstage tour of the Sarasota Ballet at the FSU Center for Performing Arts. We will get an up-close glimpse at the workings of an active dance company from dance classes to the craftsmanship behind costume creation. Along the way we will meet some of the people responsible for bringing magical productions to life.

Under the direction of Iain Webb, the Sarasota Ballet has gained the global reputation as one of the best ballet companies in the USA. Iain Webb, a dancer since age 14, took over the Sarasota Ballet in 2007 after an extensive performance and production career. Under his guidance, the Sarasota company will have performed 146 ballets and divertissements by the end of the 2017-2018 season.

This tour involves standing, steps, and stairs.

Event: Evita Matinee at Asolo – December 10

Join us on Sunday, December 10th for a matinee of Evita at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. This event includes a pre-performance talk at the theater, lunch on the mezzanine, and the show itself!

This critically acclaimed musical, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, follows the true-life story of the First Lady of Argentina, Eva Perón, whose quest for fame takes her from poverty to the uppermost rings of Argentinian society and politics. Her rise, fall, and lingering legacy is depicted through award-winning orchestration and production in Evita. 

Event: New and Prospective Members Reception – October 24

Welcome to the Sarasota chapter of the Brandeis National Committee! We would like to invite all new or prospective members to a casual reception at the home of Patti Kaplowitz. This reception is a great opportunity to get to know some people and become familiar with BNC’s mission, the Sarasota chapter, and this season’s events.

We can’t wait to welcome all of our new and prospective members! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions.

To attend or to refer a friend please contact Ellen Klein at ellenforbrandeis@gmail.com 941-351-6762 or Suzy Morris at alvanm@aol.com 941-896-9212

Further details will be sent out closer to the event.

New Bulletin

If you haven’t yet seen Sarasota’s New Bulletin yet we highly recommend that you do! The bulletin outlines all the events we’ve packed into the season for our members, as well as important chapter information including:

  • A New & Prospective Members Reception
  • A chapter showcase
  • Special access to art, theater, and music performances
  • Study Groups
  • Community service information
  • BNC Sarasota leadership contact information

We can’t wait to see everyone at the events!

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