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                                     2016  Planned Giving Options

Interested to learn more about charitable gift annuities, tax benefits of different types of gifts, creating a legacy at Brandeis, steps in the planned giving process, updates on new laws that impact charitable giving, please :

visit interactive website:  http://givingto.brandeis.giftplans.org/

or call 1-800-333-1948 ext. 64069

or e-mail at plannedgiving@brandeis.edu


To donate to the Sustaining the Mind Campaign please visist:







                               University on Wheels Presents:


                                               DON KATZ, PH.D.

                       Associate Professor and Investigator of Behavioral Neuroscience

                            What Makes Us Like the Foods That We Like?


Please Join Us For This Challenging and Thought-Provoking Conversation!


When  January 7th, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Where:  Hong Fu Gourmet Chinese Restaurant
             20588 Stevens Creek Boulevard , Cupertino, CA 95014


Professor Katz is the 2012 winner of the Brandeis University Lerman-Neubauer '69 Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. The prize requires its recipient to be not only an exceptional teacher, but also a person who is a presence in the co-curricular and extracurricular life of students and who is known to be an exceptional mentor and advisor.

The learned and lively Dr. Katz will discuss how our brains combine this welter of information such that most of us end up liking sweets, some of us end up liking beer, and all of our tastes are subject to change.

Your check is your reservation : $28.00 per person ($10.00 tax deductible)

Proceeds to benefit “Sustaining the Mind” neurodegenerative research at Brandeis University

Please make check payable to BNC and mail to :

Diane Fabri, 7650 Falkirk Drive, San Jose, CA 95135

To arrive not later than Monday, January 4, 2016

For more information please call:

Diane Fabri at 1-408-238-5166  or  e-mail  dianefabri1@gmail.com





                                           Fred Stern presents:

                                                     Broadway Musical Gems                         
                         February 25  at  7:00 PM,  in the Villages Foothill Center

Fred Stern will present another wonderful musical program. This year he will bring you some of the greatest songs that have appeared in more than 100 years of Broadway musicals. Admission is free. Using video clips and commentary, Fred will cover American musical giants including Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter. The songs are from such Broadway musicals as Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Cabaret, Cats, and Les Miserables.

We know you will love and enjoy this special presentation. Please mark your calendar now. Don’t miss this delightful entertainment. There will be refreshments after the show.


For questions please call or email :

Joey Stern  at 1- 408-238-4890   or   sternjo@pacbell.net






                          Lunch With The Authors                                         

                               March 31 , 2016  at  10:30 A.M.- 3:30 P.M

       VILLA RAGUSA , 35 South 2nd Street, Campbell, CA, phone 1-408 364-1900

        Minimum Donation - $72.00 ,   Bookmarks (special donors) - begins at $90.00


Literary Line-up :

Lawrence Grobel is a novelist, journalist, biographer, poet and teacher. He has written 25 books, and received national attention for his controversial Playboy interviews with Barbra Streisand, Marlon Brando, Gov. Jesse Ventura, and Coach Bob Knight. (Joyce Carol Oates called him “The Mozart of Interviewers.”) Born in Brooklyn, New York, he came west to attend UCLA. His latest books are a memoir You Show Me Yours, and the novels Catch a Fallen Star and Begin Again Finnegan. He and his wife, artist Hiromi Oda, live in Los Angeles.

Tonya Sharpe Hyche was born and raised in Alabama. She then moved to Texas to begin a teaching career. After 12 years, she began her second career writing crime mystery novels. She and her husband travel the world promoting her 10 novels. Her latest book, Trick Play, is a fast paced mystery with many twists and turns. When not traveling, Tonya and her husband spend time in Alabama & Texas.

Kathryn Otoshi is an award winning author and illustrator, national and international speaker, best known for her character-building number/color book series: Zero, One and Two. Her latest book, Beautiful Hands, was written to inspire children to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams. Kathryn has lived all over the bay area and now resides in Novato.

Ellen Sussman is the author of four national bestselling novels. All have been translated into many languages and French Lessons has been optioned to be made into a movie. Her latest, A Wedding in Provence, is a moving novel of love, forgiveness and trust, set among the beaches and vineyards of southern France. Originally from New Jersey, Ellen now lives with her family in Sebastopol.

Josh Braff returns this year as our moderator. He is a contemporary author who deals with family themes. His latest book, Daddy Diaries deals with themes of parenting, marriage, & fidelity. It is a humorous but sensitive look at one family that could be any family in America today. Josh is the middle of three talented brothers: Adam, a screenwriter, and Zach, an actor and director. Josh lives with his family in Oakland


Watch for your invitation in the mail. To verify that you are on the mailing list or for additional information please contact: Rocki Kramer, rockik@sbcglobal.net , 1-408-997-2812





                                             BNC Leadership meeting


Brandeis University spring Chapter Leaders Meeting and Training to be held May 2-4.

This is the perfect opportunity for chapter leaders to visit Brandeis University campus and meet with other leaders from across the country. You will learn more about BNC and gain tips and tools for leading your chapter.  Our goal is to inspire you and to showcase this incredible university. All meals and materials will be included during the program, in addition to one night's complimentary stay at the Newton Marriott Hotel.

For more information please e-mail or call:

Beth Bernstein, Executive Director Brandeis National Committee






                                 TheaterGoers Study Group

                                         Wednesday June 1, 2016  at 7.30 PM


                                   Theaterworks production of Velocity of Autumn


Where Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View.

This play is about an octogenarian artist has barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone, booby-trapped with enough homemade bombs to take out the entire neighborhood. In a wry, very spirited quest to "not go gentle" into a retirement home, Alexandra battles both the fears of her family and the ravages of time, negotiating the terms of her future with a long-estranged son who has battles of his own.

For reservations please call Joyce Mendel, 408-238-7316, by May 23.

Tickets should be picked up in the theater lobby between 7:00 pm and 7:20 pm

Big Thank You to Iris Drotman for arranging the free tickets for this event !!




                                         Installation of Officers 2016-2018



When :   June 6, 2016 at 11 AM

Where:   Redwood Room, Cribari, The Villages, San Jose CA


There will be a passing of the torch, installation and luncheon with Janet Atkins volunteering to be President for another two years and many of other officers continuing in their positions.






                      Overnight Adventures:  Hot Jazz Jubilee

When :   SEPTEMBER 2-5, 2016

Where:   Double Tree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento CA1-916-929-8855

Have you ever been to a Jazz Festival? This Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5, there will be a Jazz Jubilee Festival at the Double Tree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento.

That sounds great for our Brandeis Overnight Adventures group and their friends. What an exciting way to spend a Labor Day Weekend!
This event includes big bands (and dancing if you would like) piano, jokes, singing and lots of old tunes, Country Western, clarinet solos and trios plus much more. You can go to as many or as few sessions as you would like. The Brandeis group will have at least two dinners together, and we will see each other everywhere.
Go to www.hotjazzjubilee.com , all the information about this event is there. Under Hotel you can make a reservation. Be sure to make your reservations through the jazz group. You can book for all or any part of the Jubilee. Brandeis Dinners will be on Sept.3 and 4.
Clint and Gail Fisher will be there September 2 and plan to leave on September 6. To avoid the Labor Day traffic, they will use the afternoon of the 5th to visit Old Town.

The tickets to all the events are $100.00 each if you book before August.

GET YOUR TICKETS AT:      www.hotjazzjubilee.com

For more information please e-mail or call:

Gail Fisher    1-408 238-3899 ,   g.fisher25@comcast.net





                 Study Groups-Showcase ‘16

            An Afternoon in Paris circa 1920

                               Guest entertainers: Nancy and Steve Gill


When :  Wednesday 9/21/16     11:00am

Where:  The Villages Golf and Country Club, Clubhouse Fairway Room, San Jose, CA 95135

Imagine yourself being transported to the Paris of the 1920’s. Listen to the stories, revel in the songs and music, and taste the food! If you have something French to display bring it along! You may also want to bring a friend “and they don’t have to be French.”

Want to dress the part? Do so! If not, that is fine also. All this, and still more! Learn about the new study groups and the existing ones that a membership in our Brandeis group offers.


    French Onion Soup

    CHOICE OF:   Coq Au Vin, Salade Nicoise, Vegetarian Quiche


Your check is your reservation please send a $35 check payable to BNC to

Gail Fisher, 9060 Village View Loop, San Jose, CA 95135-21


Questions, please call:   Gail at 1-408-238-3899; Mindy at 1-408-504-1910





                            TheaterGoers Study Group

                                            Thursday, Oct 6, 2016 


                               Theaterworks production of OUTSIDE MULLIGAR


Where Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View.

Time    :    8:00pm.  

  This is a first-come first-seated show, suggested arrival time is 7:15-7:30PM, doors open at 7:30PM


Tickets: please call Iris Drotman at 1-408-266-8366 , Joyce Mendel at 1-408-238-7316

All tickets will be given out in the lobby on the evening of the performance by Iris.






All proceeds from the events will go towards the "Sustaining the Mind campaign" which supports basic research at Brandeis University in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and The Catalyst Fund: In Support of Student Scholarships to ensure that the best and brightest students are able to enroll at Brandeis.











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