October 16, 2019

2017-2018 Board of Officers

Welcome to a new BNC Somerset year! We are so excited to kick off this event-packed year and we have a great lineup of activities planned. Take some time to get to know our board of officers and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Any general questions about the chapter can be directed to our general chapter contact at 732-356-1485 or bncsomersetnj@yahoo.com.

President – Judy Dorfmanjudy

Judy is a Brooklyn native currently living in Somerset Run. She has worked as a teacher and  catering coordinator, but now serves as a court municipal mediator.  She and her husband Joel are the parents of three, and grandparents to 6. “My goals for this presidency are to increase chapter membership, add more varied, new, and interesting programs, initiate a chapter website/blog, get more members actively involved, get our chapter further exposed to the unique opportunities offered by the Brandeis National Committee, and create chapter by-laws.”


EllieExecutive VP – Ellie Goldman

A Boston native, Ellie was co-owner of a food distribution company and an administrative assistant to the executive director of a computer network company. She is active in the Women’s Club of Somerset Run. She and her husband Michael have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “I enjoy the camaraderie and friendship with other members, as well as raising funds for research on neurodegenerative diseases.”


EllenTreasurer- Ellen Schorr

Born in New York, Ellen was raised in Miami. When working as a RN, she was a clinical research consultant, and president of EAS Associates. Ellen is married to Donald Schneider and together they have an extended family of eleven grandchildren. She joined Brandeis because we “offer stimulating educational opportunities for all members.”




Recording Secretary – Joyce Biegen

As former resident of Edison, Joyce was an administrative assistant. She was active in the Terra Nova Garden Cub in Edison, in which she has served as sunshine and membership chairs. She has 3 children. “I enjoy our talks and trips.”



TobyCorresponding Secretary – Toby Marks

A native of Newark, Toby taught 5th grade in Hillside, and ESL at the 1st Avenue School in Newark. She was both the president and membership VP for the Maplewood-South Orange Women’s American ORT. Her daughter is an attorney in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia and her son-in-law works in debt collection and process serving. “Brandeis National Committee encourages members to participate. I joined for socialization and education. BNC has excellent programs and I support their scholarship program.”


ChrisPrograms and Study Groups VP – Chris Retz

Chris had a career as managing editor of a scholarly press, but now volunteers in several historic preservation organizations. She is also an active member of the Catholic Community of St. Matthias, for which she writes publications and chairs the parish’s Loaves & Fishes ministry. She and her husband Dave have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “I joined Brandeis because I am interested in ensuring quality educational opportunities for our youth. I treasure the many friends I have met since joining Brandeis, and enjoy trips to places I wouldn’t otherwise visit.”


Membership Co-VP – Tassie Becker

Tassie, who originally hails from Scotch Plains, taught Hebrew both publicly and privately, was a professional calligrapher and a TBI tutor. She served on the Executive Board of the Westfield Hadassah and Attorneys’ Wives Club of Middlesex County, in addition to membership NCJW. She and her husband, Sandy, have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. Her goal for BNC-Somerset is to “expand our social action and educational programs, as well as do fundraising for medical research.” Tassie added, “I enjoy educational programs, trips, and the company of smart, dedicated women.”


Not Pictured: Membership Co-VP – Marjorie Weinfeld


Social Justice Co-VP – Margo Siroty

Margo grew up in Brooklyn before moving to Randolph, NJ. There she worked as a social worker. Previously she had been active in the League of Women’s Voters, CASA, Board of NJ Assn. of School Social Workers, and Literacy Volunteers. She has three children and three grandchildren. Margo stated she loves the commitment to education, service, charity, stimulating programs and member congeniality that BNC offers.



marilynSocial Justice Co-VP – Marilyn Altman

Marilyn also the chapter’s national liaison. A NYC native, she lived in several places along the east coast before settling in Somerset. Her career has included Jewish communal service, community organization, and development. She and her husband have 2 children, and 5 grandchildren. “My goal is for Brandeis University to maintain its high standards and open policy of admission based on merit, not race, religion, or national origin. The people I’ve met are the favorite things about BNC.”


SteveCommunications – Steve Levine

A native of Manhattan and graduate of both Cornell and New York Universities, Steve is a retired electrical engineer, where he enjoyed a variety of positions at GE, Bell Labs, AT&T, Ty Com, and CACI, the government. He has been active in the Somerset Run Civics Club, the South Aberdeen First Aid Squad, and Temple Shalom of Aberdeen and was  President of the Matawan – Aberdeen Regional Board of Education. He and his wife, Elaine, have 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and Arthur the cat. “We strongly support Brandeis because, among other things, our son is a graduate of Brandeis.”


JudyStregerTribute Cards – Judy Streger

Judy hails from Bergen County, NJ, where she enjoyed a career as a marketing/sales educational publisher. She humorously notes that she is in “too many organizations to list.” She and her husband have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “A favorite thing about BNC are the friends I’ve made.”



DorothyBulletin Chair – Dorothy Gitter

A native of the Bronx, Dorothy lived in Old Bridge, NJ for many years where she worked for the Social Security Administration. She notes that she is “a widow and has 2 daughters and sons-in-law and 2 grandchildren.” What is her favorite thing about BNC? “I enjoy the activities/trips and study groups as well as the many interesting and congenial people I have met through Brandeis.”




Movie Coordinator – Janet Hirschfeld

A native of Newark, Janet worked as a teacher with a focus on Learning Disabilities consulting. Currently she is a member of ORT, Hadassah, the Women’s Club at Somerset Run, and the Learning Disabilities Association of America. She and her husband Bob have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “What I like about BNC is the aspect of giving to it and getting so many things from it.”



IrisPresident Emeritus – Iris Kislin

A Bronx native, she resided in North Brunswick before moving to Somerset. A former talent agent, she has boundless energy for her many volunteer activities, which include a trustee of the Board of Directors at the Franklin Township Public Library, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Middlesex County, and many years as a vice president of the National Council of Jewish Women-Middlesex section. A “widow, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend,” Iris’s goals are “to support Brandeis’s mission and to fund raise for the university.” She also wants to offer “interesting and educational programs to the community as well as helping her friends and neighbors.”

Programs and Study Groups Asst – Nancy Clancy

Native to Erie, PA., Nancy moved Randolph/Denville area. Her varied career includes being a public school art teacher, child rearing, Director of Randolph Community/Adult School, founder and administrator of District School-Age Child Care, Summer Camps, and Summer Enrichment Programs. She has also been active in the League of Women Voters and PTA. She and her husband, John, have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. She eagerly said, “I admire the mission statement of BNC and want to take an active role helping our chapter achieve those goals. The two best thing about BNC are the very friendly, helpful people and the stimulating programs.”


Co-chair of the Magazine Discussion Group and Movie events – Mindy Morris

A native of Fair Lawn, she moved to Somerset in 1992. She worked for the MDA and the Leukemia Society organizing fund raising events including the Jerry Lewis Telethon.  Then she joined the corporate world working for video communications organizations in sales/marketing, being an assistant to the president and planning company events such as summer picnics, team-building programs, seminars, and holiday parties. She is also active in Hadassah and the Somerset Run Women’s Club, as well as volunteering at the Center for Great Expectations. In regards to her family, Mindy notes that “I am unfortunately a widow, but have the best step-son, step-daughter-in-law and step-dog.” She adds, “I joined Brandeis because of the wonderful people and interesting programs.  My goal is to assist in further developing the Magazine Discussion Group and discover movies that will expand our minds. ”

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