July 12, 2020

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.

Study Group Alert!

Jewish Films BNC    Arts Plus Minds!  23 fabulous study groups to choose from each offering learning opportunities, new adventures and sharing those experiences with interesting people   

Our Apologies To You – Here Is The REAL READING LIST Of Modern Novels for 2014-15

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Read the book and come talk about it…….

Join your Brandeis friends by reading a mystery novel and then discussing it together!


Thursday July 10th at 1:30pm “WHY SHOOT A BUTLER” written by Georgette Heyer.

Thursday Aug. 14th at 1:30pm “THE SON” written by Jo NESBO

All discussions will be held at Roskamp Center 12 Street and N. Tamiami Trail

No study group card needed….no membership required….all readers and detectives invited.

Questions? lenoreweintraub@gmail.com or 377-5958

Come One Come All To The Free Summer Study Groups

Join BNC Sarasota’s Summer Study Group! Everyone is welcome to attend. See details in the attached flyer.

Summer Study Group



Dates: 6/3/, 7/1, 8/27

DATES: 7/10, 8/14

LOCATION: ROSKAMP CENTER 12 Street and N. Tamiami Trail
TIME: 1:30pm



Study Group Update

On Friday afternoon, April 4, 30 Brandeis National Committee members were treated to a one-of-a-kind Study Group at the Roskamp Center. Elinor Borenstine, daughter of Eddie Jacobson, a former Kansas City, Missouri, haberdashery partner of President Harry S. Truman, talked to our group and enthralled us with the story of how Eddie Jacobson influenced the President to recognize the State of Israel.

Mrs. Borenstine, age 93, resident of Sarasota, told stories, read letters, showed photos and talked of her continuing contact with the Truman Library on these matters. We were able to hear about a piece of our collective history from a first-source witness.

It was Eddie Jacobson, lifelong friend of Harry Truman, who was able to convince the President to recognize the State of Israel in the U.N in 1948. We were all mesmerized by her talk and awed by our ability to hear of this vitally important piece of Jewish history from the source.


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.

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.

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