March 26, 2017

University on Wheels

The South Miami-Dade Chapter of the Brandeis National

Committee hosted University on Wheels on January 5, 2017 at Temple Beth Am in Miami.  We were graciously welcomed by our Co-Presidents, Lili Poms and Fran Gross, who also shared the BNC mission statement with us.

We were thrilled to have had many distinguished guests.  Madalyn Friedberg, BNC National President; Beth Bernstein, Executive Director; Sharon Rosenberg, Director of Alumni Relations and Jacob Abrams, Student Ambassador Director joined us. Madalyn and Beth spoke to us and we were truly moved by their inspiring words.

We then enjoyed a fascinating presentation on Shakespeare and  Time by William Flesch, award-winning Professor of EnglishHe took us on a journey by sharing that Shakespeare thought intensely about human experience from many different perspectives and that part of his greatness as a literary psychologist comes from the way he integrated both aesthetic and practical perspectives.  It’s also important to note that Professor Flesch has had a positive impact on our chapter in that his syllabus provided the impetus for our very successful short story study group.

This was an event to remember and another opportunity to begin the new year with a wonderful speaker and University on Wheels.

Spring bulletin

Attention snow birds and local members — our Spring bulletin is here! We are so excited to share this with you and hope to see you if not at one but all events! Featured events include a performance by Freyda Thomas, University on Wheels January 5, 2017 and other rewarding opportunities for you!

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Bagels, Books, and Brandeis 101

Bagels, Books, and Brandeis 101 — join our first-ever all-Chapter Read-in! Enjoy a bagel as you transport yourself to the Brandeis campus to hear author Nancy Kricorian discuss her novel Zabelle. Following her virtual presentation, you will see the author address questions posed by the students in the freshman English class. Then we will have our own discussion of the book and the DVD we’ve just viewed. Reading the book Zabelle prior to this session is recommended but not a prerequisite. Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Time: 10:00 a.m. Place: Bet Shira Congregation, 7500 SW 120th Street, Miami Donation:* $16.00 Liaison: Beverly Lefcourt 305-596-3864 or blefcourt@bellsouth.net

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Don’t be left out! Sign up NOW for our wonderful Study Groups and  theater offerings. 

See full details in our new Fall Bulletin!

Another Date to Save

Don’t miss our special Book and Autor Luncheon on November 9th. Our very own member Dr. Rita Botwinick will discuss her memoir Gratefully Yours. See full details in our new Fall Bulletin.

New Bulletin

We are excited to share our new bulletin!  In it you will find a wide range of events designed to appeal to many interests.  Support Brandeis and expand your horizons with new knowledge and opportunities. The bulletin can be found here for sharing between friends, family and community members. Welcome to Brandeis!

 

Friedberg Announced as BNC National President

Madalyn Friedberg, from the Central Westchester chapter, who has served as national vice president of fundraising for the past year, succeeded Barbara Sander as the Brandeis National Committee’s national president on July 1. Madalyn joined the BNC in 1973, and will serve as a leader for the organization and its 41 chapters.

Friedberg joined the BNC at the urging of a friend. A mother of three young children, she was seeking a group of like-minded lifelong learners. She knew about Brandeis University because her father, David Felix, had been friendly with Lawrence Wien, the founder of Brandeis’ Wien International Scholarship Program.

“I liked the BNC women right away,” Friedberg says. “I remember the women didn’t ask what my husband did for a living or how many children I had. They cared about who I was.”

As treasurer of the Central Westchester chapter for many years, she knows the financial advantages of establishing a charitable gift annuity for those interested in supporting the university. In 2015, Friedberg and her husband, Stephen, established a generous charitable gift annuity, planning to create another one this year.

“The premise on which the university was founded is very important to us,” Madalyn says. “Brandeis opened a whole world to people who needed an education. We want to do what we can to support Brandeis.”

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Meet Arthur and Leslie Pearlstein

Including a bequest or charitable gift annuity in your estate plan is an easy and rewarding way to support Brandeis University and its students. You can receive guaranteed, fixed income payments for life. Rates are locked in at the time you donate. To learn more, please contact M’Lissa Brennan at 781-736-4178 or email at mlissa@brandeis.edu.

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Meet Sophia Glickman

Brandeis students like Sophia Glickman ’16 give us hope. A BNC Scholar from Valhalla, New York, Sophia is a double major in biology and environmental studies. She worked as an undergraduate researcher in K.C. Hayes’ laboratory, researching the effects of various diets on the development of diabetes in rats. She chose Brandeis because of its friendly atmosphere and the opportunities it offers students to find their own path. Read her thank you letter (http://bit.ly/1pH9GB9) where she thanks BNC members, like YOU, for making her Brandeis experience possible. Thank you for supporting the BNC Scholarship Campaign. https://giving.brandeis.edu/bncscholarship. Read more stories like Sophia’s here.
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Visit Brandeis

Now’s your chance — as an active member of BNC or perhaps even contemplating being more involved, join an exciting program May 2 – May 4th at Brandeis University geared to Chapter Leaders. Feel connected to Brandeis and see first hand how special the campus is and why your support is so vital. A few more spots are open. RSVP by April 5th, 2016. Contact the National Center at 781-736-4171.

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