June 19, 2019

2019 Closing Luncheon and Speaker

Join us on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 11:30 for our closing meeting of the year. Come to the Suburban Club to hear Steve Luxenberg, the author of Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation. During his thirty years as a Washington Post senior editor, he has overseen reporting that has earned numerous national honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes. Separate won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

“A surprising, compelling, and brilliant milestone in understanding the history of race relations in America.”- Bob Woodward, author of Fear: Trump in the White House

Copies of the book will be available at the meeting for purchase and signing.

To register, please send your check for $50 payable to Brandeis University/BNC to Deane Sevel, 3305 Janellen Road, Baltimore, MD 21208. ($15 is tax deductible. All proceeds support the Magnify the Mind campaign.)

For information please call Leslie Sandler at 410/433-6366.

Spring/Fall Fashion Fundraiser

Please join us for one or both of these unique museum experiences

$10 each or $15 for both (payable to BNC), plus the cost of museum admission on day of trip

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – Jewish Museum of Maryland

Stitching History from the Holocaust brings to life the innovative dress designs of Hedy Strnad. Hedy and her husband Paul originally sent these designs to Paul’s cousins in America as part of their effort to escape Prague in 1939. That effort ultimately failed, and these beautiful dresses serve not only as a unique memorial for a lost talent, but also as a touchstone for discussion of the human cost of the Holocaust and the plight of refugee populations.

Fashion Statement will ask visitors to consider how a man’s black hat can signal religious expression or a fur coat can communicate a woman’s aspirations. Visitors will consider everyday clothing from club jackets to political tee shirts, military and civilian uniforms to “must-have” accessories, and explore how those everyday objects amplify (and sometimes disguise) identity and affiliation.

A docent will take us through these two exhibits at 1:00 pm, followed by an optional tour of the Lloyd Street Synagogue at 2:00 pm. Free for museum members, $5 for non-members. Limited to 25 attendees. Carpools will be arranged at different times to accommodate those who want to first eat at Attman’s and/or those who do not want to stay for the synagogue tour.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 – Maryland Historical Society

Spectrum of Fashion will feature over 3000 original items of fashion covering four centuries. Each piece displayed will have had a genealogical search and background information will be presented.

A docent will take us through this exhibit at 1:00 pm to explain how the exhibit came together, the stories that the pieces tell, and will look some of the highlights of the gallery. Free for museum members, $10 for non-members. Minimum of 10 attendees.

RSVP by sending a check payable to BNC-Baltimore to Rona Greene, 1 Falling Leaf Court, Owings Mills MD 21117. Questions? Call the Fundraising co-chairs Rona Greene 410-252-2118 or Judy Stein 410-484-0278

Proceeds benefit Brandeis University’s Magnify the Mind Campaign

April 2019 Board/General Meeting with Speaker

Our final Board Meeting for this year (open to all members) will begin at noon on Thursday, April 11 followed by a General Meeting at 1:00 featuring a slide program about the Johns Hopkins University Evergreen House and Museum.

103rd Federation Annual Convention

Program: Women’s Empowerment: Past, Present, Future
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 2:30pm
Location: Temple Oheb Shalom
Honoring women from each of our constituent organizations with the Women Who Empower Award. Come and support our honoree, Judy Stein.
Cost: $40 (includes lunch) Send check payable to The Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland to Arlene Mazer, 6 Halston Court, Baltimore, MD 21209

Bonus Trip 2019

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 11:00 am we will be visiting the Sephardic Center at Ohr Hamizrach Congregation on Park Heights Ave. After a one hour tour of the center we will have an optional buffet lunch of Iranian food (including drinks and dessert) along with a discussion with Daniel Golfeiz to hear about his personal story and the history of the synagogue. The trip is free (except for $22.50 for lunch) for all BNC members who paid for four or more courses this year, along with all facilitators, instructors, and hosts. Others may attend for an additional cost of $10 payable to BNC. If you are not eligible, and did not register for this trip already, please contact Diane Burkom at 410-486-4972.

New Members Welcoming Event

Wednesday, September 5th at 1 pm in the Hadassah Meeting Room.

Come and bring your friends for an introduction to BNC and enjoy a beautifully written film, “Arranged”, that tells the story of two young Brooklyn teachers, an Orthodox Jew and a Syrian Muslim, each going through the arranged-marriage process.  The women bond with one another to remain strong women and yet stay true to their own religious and cultural convictions.  New members especially are invited to attend. We’ll start with refreshments and have time to mingle.

Bus Trip to Doylestown, PA on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018

Join BNC members as we experience docent-led tours of both the Pearl Buck International Center and the James Michener Art Museum, with an Asian Fusion Buffet lunch provided at the Pearl Buck International Center included in the cost. There will also be free time to tour the gardens outside the Buck house and view the outdoor art at the Michener museum.

Bus will leave Greenspring Shopping Center on Smith Ave. at 8:00 AM and return at approximately 7:00 PM, with water and snacks provided on the bus both ways.
To reserve your spot on this wonderful trip, send your check for $90 payable to Brandeis-BNC to Rona Greene, 1 Falling Leaf Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Questions? Call Rona at 410-252-2118.

Federation Annual Meeting and Luncheon…

… is on Thursday, May 24th at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, starting at 9 am.

This is a reminder to all members who would like to attend, our honoree will be long-time “secretaire extraordinaire” Jan Helper.

Send your check for $40 made out to “Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland” to Arlene Mazer and note that you would like to be seated with the Brandeis group and dietary restrictions, if any.  For any questions or more information contact Ruth Casper or Roz Pearlman.

Matt Crenson Featured Speaker at Closing Meeting

Save Thursday, May 17th for our Closing Meeting & Luncheon… at Suburban Country Club, 11am.

Our featured speaker is Matthew Crenson, professor emeritus of political science at Johns Hopkins University.   His topic is “Baltimore: Mobtown or Charm City?”

Just over one hundred years ago, an author with strong Baltimore ties published The Personality of American Cities.  The notion that cities have personalities – durable and distinctive cultures, characters, or traditions – survives today.  Baltimore’s personality is distinctive.  (Some would say quirky.)  Its development can be traced back to the town’s earliest days, and over the centuries that followed the city acquired a split personality – part Mobtown and part Charm City.

General Meeting with Speaker – Thursday, April 19

… at the Hadassah Meeting Room.

Board Meeting at noon.   Speaker, Sheila Derman at 1pm.

Very active in the Jewish community, Sheila currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Jewish Council as well as on that of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). She is the immediate past President of the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland.  Currently, she is a member of the board of the Baltimore County Historical Trust as well as parliamentarian and commissioner on the Baltimore County Commission for Women.

With a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia, Sheila has been a practicing pharmacist for 55 years. She is a community consultant for Medicare Part D and participates regularly in “Pharmacy Days” at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis.  She recently represented Baltimore Chain Store pharmacies at a National “RX Input Day” on Capitol Hill.  A long time member of Hadassah’s Washington Action Office Task Force, she is currently working with the National PRAZE division to implement the new “Day in the District” initiative.  Sheila is a Past President of Hadassah of Greater Baltimore and Area Vice-President of Hadassah’s Northern Seaboard Region.

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