October 21, 2017

Brandeis Professors Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall win Nobel Prize

Rosbash and professor emeritus Hall win prize with Rockefeller University’s Michael Young for work on circadian rhythms

Brandeis University warmly congratulates Michael Rosbash, the Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and professor of biology, and Jeffrey C. Hall, professor emeritus of biology, on being awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Read more here: M. Rosbash and J. Hall win Nobel Prize


BNC’s National Awards for 2017

We are very excited to announce BNC’s National Awards for 2017!
Congratulations to all of our winning chapters.

The Louis Brandeis Award

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This chapter succeeded in meeting its financial and membership goals, conducting a Brandeis authored study group, submitted its slate, bulletins, minutes, highlights planned giving and hosts a University on Wheels program (UOW) with a Brandeis featured speaker.

Membership Goal Awards
Cape Cod
Central Westchester
Conejo Valley
Northern Virginia
Santa Clara Valley
South Miami Dade
Staten Island
Washington D.C.

Financial Goal Awards
Cape Cod
Central Westchester
Conejo Valley
Los Angeles
San Dieguito
Santa Clara Valley
Staten Island
Washington D.C.

Your contributions support Brandeis libraries, science research and student scholarships. Thank you for all that you do for Brandeis University and wishing much luck and success in the 2018 calendar year. We are all so proud.


“Take the Winery Train” – October 22, 2017

A scenic Fall ride on a steam engine and tour of Villa Milagro Vineyards near Phillipsburg, NJ

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Place: The Delaware River Railroad Excursions

For more information: “Take the Winery Train” flyer

Don’t miss the “The Gilded Life” – October 3 and 5, 2017!

A Two-part Program about The Gilded Age in New Jersey
(Complement to the “Gilded Age” program on Dec. 1, 2017)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 4 p.m. or 7p.m.
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 11 a.m.

For more information click here: “The Gilded Life” flyer

Fall Needs for the Somerset Brandeis’s Social Justice Committee’s


Collection deadline Monday, September 25, 2017.

The Social Justice Committee’s  Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) Giving Circle Project is ready to collect items for our family’s Fall Wish List. (As you know, the family, deserted by the children’s father,  consists of a working Mom, a four year old year old son on the autistic spectrum and two year twin boys. The family has enjoyed the summer items we provided.

Pictures and thank you notes have been posted on the Somerset BNC website: https://blogs.brandeis.edu/bncsomerset/category/news-archive.

Here is the Fall Wish List for our JFS’s Giving Circle family along with delivery instructions and financial donation options which must adhere to Brandeis National Committee regulations. (An E-Blast is being sent to members in addition to this posting.)

Please submit checks, gift cards and gently used items by September 25, 2017* to
Margo Siroty 707 Thistle Hill Lane (Somerset Run) Somerset, NJ 08873 973-366- 4883.


  • Checks for new items should be made out to cash or Margo Siroty and deposited in the box at her front door. On Memo section of checks write: Somerset BNC G.C.
  • Gift Cards should be purchased from Walmart, BP, or EXXON and mailed to Margo or deposited in the box at her front door. Please put them in an envelope labeled with your name, address and phone number.
  • Laundered and gently used clothing should be left at Margo Siroty’s: Please call Margo at 973- 366-4883 to let her know what items you are donating and when you are delivering them..

Gently used and freshly laundered clothing:
Toddler Four (4T) : Slacks and jeans / Swim trunks and swim shirts (also known as rashguards)/ Shorts/ T Shirts (short and long sleeves)/ Socks/Pajamas/ T-shirts (short and long sleeves)/ Sweatshirts/ Pajamas/ Snowsuit (jacket and pants) Halloween Costume/ Any Holiday style shirts/sweaters
(Mom said she doesn’t need any clothing for the twins since they use the oldest boys’ clothing at this time.)

Art music items: Playdoh, putty, washable markers, extra large coloring pads and books, board to draw on, 2 toy vacuums. sturdy kids table with chairs

For Mom: Mom didn’t request anything for herself but she started a new job in September and could certainly use shirts/ sweaters (large) and pants (Size 10- 12.)

If you have questions, call Marilyn Altman: 732-868- 5463 or Margo Siroty: 973-366- 4883

Somerset Brandeis National Committee’s involvement has been a big help to this hard working Mom and her three little boys.

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Jewish Family Service’s Giving Circle Project

Thanks to the generous contributions of our Somerset Brandeis members, our Jewish Family Service’s Giving Circle family was able to buy much-needed spring/summer clothing and food and use the donated items that we gave them.

JFS’s Family Mentor Program Coordinator acknowledged our efforts, saying, “For a single mom raising three boys with very limited resources, your Giving Circle has been instrumental in improving their lives. Mom, Lauren, was so grateful she wanted to share her name as did the family mentor, Randy A.”

Here are the thank you notes we received from Lauren and JFS’s family mentor:
From Mom:
“To My Giving Circle:
I wanted to thank you so very much for not only the gift cards and cash, but the diapers, beautiful scarves and
body wash! I will definitely be using every single thing! With thanks, love Lauren.”

From JFS’s Family Mentor:
“To Lauren’s Giving Circle:
Thank you so much for your generosity to Lauren. It means so very much to her and the boys!
Randy A.”

Thank you again for your generous contributions, time, and effort. We anticipate collecting additional
items for our family in late summer for their fall/winter needs.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact:
Margo Siroty at 973-366-4883 or mmasiroty@gmail.com
Marilyn Altman at 732-868-5463 or mtguss@gmail.com.

Marilyn Altman and Margo Siroty
Social Justice Committee Co-Chairs


A “thank you” from “The Center of Great Expectations”

We’ve got a very warm “thank you” letter from “The Center of Great Expectations”!

To read it click here:  CGE Letter


A “thank you” note from the social service agency

Dear Members of Brandeis National Committee, Somerset Chapter:

I want to express the deep gratitude we are feeling here at Jewish Family Service when you found it in your hearts to be a Giving Circle for the W—— family. Mother was thrilled and so grateful when I delivered jackets and shoes for her boys.

This winter has been particular difficult for the family. Her children were sick often and the mother had to miss work whenever they could not go to daycare. Mother struggles raising her three children alone while working full time with very limited resources and support. Thoughtful and generous gifts allow us to better serve her family. I was able to witness smiles and a deep reaction when I delivered the gifts.

We appreciate your consideration of the needs of other families in making this donation through Jewish Family Services. The family has requested that I extend their great appreciation for your generosity.
Thank you.

Warm Regards,
Young-In Shin, LSW
Family Mentor Program Coordinator

What Gives You Hope?

paulinaBrandeis students like Paulina Kuzmin ’17 give us hope. A BNC Scholar from Tucson, Arizona, Paulina  is double majoring in neuroscience and biology. She works as a community advisor (CA) for two freshmen halls where she  helps residents discover their passions and inspires them to get the most out of their college experience. Paulina also works in the Lovett lab as a biology technician. She credits her own Brandeis experience to members of the BNC who have helped her realize her goals and dreams through the  endless opportunities afforded to her as BNC Scholar. Paulina plans to graduate ahead of schedule, in December 2016, to pursue a career in medicine and also earn a dual master’s degree in public health (MPH).

Read Paulina’s thank you letter where she describes the lasting impact your support has made on her life and those of other BNC Scholars.

Since 1948, BNC members have raised more than $131 million to support Brandeis students, faculty, the library and cutting-edge research in neuroscience. Please consider making a gift today to ensure students like Paulina continue to fulfill their potential through a Brandeis education.


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