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Venus In Fur


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ALIVE INSIDE, a story of music and memory


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Trip to Zion Natl Park




Fallen Angels


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                                     2015  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:

                                           Dr. Maura Jane Farrelly
                                          Democracy and Advertising

                The Relationship Between News, Advertising and Democracy

When  January 8th, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Where:  Hong Fu Gourmet Chinese Restaurant
             20588 Stevens Creek Boulevard , Cupertino, CA 95014

Dr. Maura Jane Farrelly is associate professor of American Studies and director of the Journalism Program at Brandeis. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Emory University. She taught previously at Emory, the University of Georgia and Fordham University. She worked as a full-time journalist for seven years, first for Georgia Public Radio in Atlanta and then for the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. and New York

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

Please make check payable to BNC and mail to :

Jean Marxheimer, 2055 Folle Blanche Drive, San Jose, CA 95135
No later than January 3rd, 2015.

For more information please call:

Diane Fabri at 1-408-238-5166 or e-mail, defab@sbcglobal.net




                                           Fred Stern presents:

                               RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN
                         February 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM, in the Villages Foothill Center

Fred Stern will present another wonderful musical program. This program is about the songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Using video clips and commentary, Fred will show why Rodgers and Hammerstein reigned as kings of musical theater during the 1940’s and 50’s. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s achievements include the glorious Broadway hits: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music.

Brandeis and Villages Hadassah are sponsoring this special event to which all are welcome at no charge.

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      








                                       TheaterGoers Study Group

                              Sunday, February 15, matinee time: 2:00 PM

                                                    VENUS IN FUR


Where :  The Stage at 490 First Street (corner of Williams), San Jose, CA

Cost      :  $25.00 center seats; $23.50 off center seats, and $21.00 side seats

This play is about a playwright/director that can't find the right woman to star in his adaptation of the 19th century erotic power exchange novel Venus in Furs.

He auditions one last actress who seems to embody all the flaws he decries but whose almost innate understanding of the character sweeps them into an experience that blurs the lines between real life and the script they're reading.


Please call Iris Drotman at 1-408-266-8366.

Please let her know if you need handicapped seats

Note: Adventurous Dining will follow the show.




                                Western Region “Mini Retreat “


Pauline Green, President of BNC Western Region, has announced a WR Mini Retreat to be scheduled for February 19th, 2015 in Temecula, CA.

There will be four chapters participating Rancho Bernardo, San Dieguito, Desert and Santa Clara Valley.

Janet Atkins has booked her timeshare in Oceanside so that a few of our SCV members may attend at minimal cost.
Pauline reports that this new concept of holding “Mini retreats” has been received with such enthusiasm and she is looking forward to an inspiring day that will not only be inspirational and informative but will fulfill all of our expectations to have this “Exchange of Ideas” .

The retreat is just what we need to go forward; stimulating our growth as Brandeis National Committee Chapters.

If you think you might like to attend please contact

Janet Atkins at (408) 270-6127 or ja42151@gmail.com










This special event to which all are welcome at no charge.

Come See How Personalized Music Is


Anyone whose family member or friend

that has been affected by

Alzheimer’s or dementia will want to see this film


2014 Audience awards for “Best Documentary” at the

Sundance, Sedona, Provincetown and

Milano International Film Festival.

A remarkable, music-based breakthrough

that has already transformed lives.


For more information please contact:

Judy Eskinazi , yudit1@yahoo.com , 408-239-0214





                               March 26, 2015  at  10:30 A.M.- 3:30 P.M

                                     Lunch With The Authors

       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 :

JOSHUA BRAFF is a contemporary author who deals with family themes. He presented his first novel
The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green to us in 2005. His third novel, 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.

SYRIE JAMES hailed as the “queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings” by Los Angeles Magazine is the best selling author of nine critically acclaimed novels. Her latest, Jane Austen’s First Love is a wonderful, charming and lively romantic tale that will tug at your heart. Syrie’s groundbreaking research introduces us to Edward Taylor, the remarkable young man upon whom Jane Austen once “fondly doted”. Syrie be-came a novelist after a successful career as a screen writer. Originally from San Jose, she was one of our authors in 2007. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

JOHN LESCROART is the New York Times bestselling author best known for two series of legal and crime thrillers featuring the characters of Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky. Lescroart is the prolific au-thor of over 25 novels as well as many short stories. His latest novel and the 17th consecutive NY Times bestseller is The Keeper was published in 2014. His next Hardy/Glitsky novel The Fall will be published in the spring. John was one of our featured authors in 2007 and our moderator in 2010. He lives with his family in Davis.

LALITA TADEMY left her position as a V.P. in Silicon Valley to become the best selling author of histori-cal novels. Her first novel Cane River was an Oprah Book Club pick. Her latest Citizens Creek is the evocative story of a once enslaved man who buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian wars and his granddaughter who sustains his legacy of courage. Lalita, one of our au-thors in 2008, lives in Menlo Park with her husband.

AYELET WALDMAN, one of our featured authors in 2004 is the New York Times best selling au-thor of twelve novels. Her spellbinding new novel, Love and Treasure weaves an exciting tale and is the fascinating true history of the Hungarian Gold Train in WWII. It has received rave reviews, and has been called her finest novel to date. Ayelet lives in Berkeley with her husband, author Michael Chabon and their four children.

DIANE RAUCHWERGER our moderator is a story-teller, poet, and librarian. She is an author specializing in children’s books. Her dinosaur picture book series includes Dinosaur Goes to Israel, Dinosaur on Shab-bat, Dinosaur on Hanukkah and Dinosaur on Passover. She is currently chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee for AJL (Association of Jewish Libraries) and the librarian for Congregation Beth Am, in Los Altos Hills. She is a member of our chapter and was our moderator in 2006. She lives in Sunnyvale with her husband.


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




                   Overnight Adventures: Trip to Zion National Park


We have a beautiful exciting trip planned for you on May 21 and 22, 2015. A trip where you do not have to do a lot of walking to enjoy nature at its most beautiful! For those of you who are most adventurous, there is a shuttle in Zion that will drop you off and pick you up at all the trail heads.

Majestic View Lodge ( http://www.majesticviewlodge.com) is located in Springfield, Utah. Phone 1-435-772-0665 ext. 115. Contact Ryana. Our cost per room is $135 plus tax for a room with a king-size bed (usually $189); for a room with two queen-size beds the cost is $149 plus tax. Each room has a balcony facing Zion Mountains. This rate is good for three days before and after our trip should you want to book longer.
The St. George Shuttle from Las Vegas Airport accommodates your schedule. It leaves around six times a day starting at 7:00am. The cost for a round trip is around $70.00 each. To reach the Lodge, it is a three-hour ride in a nine-person van.
Our trip will be for two nights. The night we arrive, we will have a dinner together in Springdale. Gail will also plan a dinner the second night for those interested. The following day, there will be two-hour bus tours of Zion free of charge.
Our hotel has a shuttle to drop you off all over Springdale, which is a fun shopping and eating town. It also takes us into Zion to pick up a tour bus with docent for a free two-hour overview.

What to do now? Call the Lodge and book the nights. You can add nights if you want to.
Call Gail Fisher at 1-408-238-3899 and let her know for what nights you are booking your room.





                                    TheaterGoers Study Group

                                      Fallen Angels  by  Noel Coward


When :   June 4th
Arrival:  7:00 -7:30 p.m. to pick up tickets, Showtime: 8:00 p.m.
Where:   Mountain View Center of Performing Arts

In this cocktail of elegant wit, charm, and endless laughter, fabulous friends Jane and Julia learn that the dashing French flame they shared years ago is back in town and eager for a reunion. With husbands on holiday and plenty of bubbly to banish reserve, conspiracy gives way to competition in a sparkling Noel Coward gem.

Reservations: Please call  Iris Drotman 1-408-266-8366




                                              We’re having a Picnic!

When: Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Where: Gazebo Park on Villages Parkway in the Villages

Gazebo Park will be all aglow with food and bocce and people you know. Bring family, friends, children, for burgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers which will certainly go with beans and salads and desserts in a row, while DJ Ed Knott’s music will soar!!!!

Donate food by last name—just see below:
A-D: beans      E-M: salads       N-Z: desserts
For eight people or more.

Prepay by check $ 13.50 per person, payable to BNC if you want to go.
Children under 5 no charge at all.

Send money to  Marcie Pais :
7012 Via Valverde, San Jose, CA 95135

Cut off date: July 20, 2015

For questions please call Janet Atkins at 408-270-6127



                                                         CAMP BRANDEIS

When:   Monday, August 3, 2015   from  10:30 AM -2:30 PM
Redwood and Terrace Rooms, Cribari Village,

                The Villages Golf and Country Club

Delicious Potluck!!


Contact Information:
Janet Atkins,  JA42151@gmail.com or 408-270-6127





                                    TheaterGoers Study Group

                                                 The Country House

                           by Pulitzer Prize winning author Donald Margulies 


When :  August 26, 2015
Arrival:  7:00 -7:30 p.m. to pick up tickets, Showtime: 8:00 p.m.
TheatreWorks at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

For Tickets please call Iris at 1-408-266-8366 , cut-off date Aug. 24


The Northern California Premiere of The Country House written by Donald Margulies and directed by Robert Kelley is funny and poignant. It revolves around a revered stage and film star who summons her show-biz family to her Berkshires home for a summer stock season soon overstocked with memories. In a Chekhovian blend of witty comedy and poignant drama, they grapple with fame, art, the promise of romance, and the frustration of faded dreams--and, as always, each other.  This recent Broadway hit is the latest from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Dinner with Friends.






                                    Study Groups-Showcase 2015                                                          


Viva España:  Featuring  Flamenco Dancers and Guitarist


                                                    September 30, 2015 at 11:00AM
     The Villages Golf and Country Club, Clubhouse Fairway Room, San Jose, CA 95135


Our Fantastic Study Group Showcase will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 11:00 AM at the Villages Clubhouse. This year we will have a Spanish Theme. We will be entertained by professional flamenco dancers, a Spanish guitar, and wonderful Spanish songs. We are lucky again to have Mindy Frankel making the very generous donation of this very special entertainment.
Our sumptuous lunch includes Gazpacho Soup and, if you choose, Paella. All this will be followed by a surprise Spanish dessert that we are importing.
Study Groups will be showcased. We will learn all about the new groups and even something new about the continuing groups. All groups will have written descriptions and when they meet. You can sign up at the study group tables or take home the name and phone number of any group leader. Dues for National and the once-a-year Study Group fees will be accepted at a table just for that purpose


Please send your check for $35 (7.00 is tax deductible)  payable to BNC to:

Gail Fisher, 9060 Village View Loop, San Jose, CA 95135-2175





                               BRANDEIS BONUS  Chaired by Glenda Dennis



Where: The Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, CA

When:   Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10:30AM

Admission: Non-perishable food or monetary donation to SecondHarvestFoodBank                


Lois G. Tager, M.Ed., CSA, and Life Member of the Brandeis National Committee recently published a timely book entitled What To Do With Your Stuff: A Guide to Decisions About Personal Possessions and Life Choices. This book is a primer for baby boomers, seniors and families. What To Do With Your Stuff details the aspects of storing, assigning, allocating, organizing and even the disposing of your possessions. It offers real-life answers to questions about what to do with your personal property and the importance of telling the story of precious family heirlooms as well as deciding how to pass those treasured items on to your loved ones. Problems with moving and downsizing are also addressed. The book also confronts the crucial issue of end-of-life decisions and includes a chapter written by local attorney Roy W. Litherland regarding legal issues. A journal to contemplate and record important life decisions is also provided.

Lois G. Tager believes strongly in educating families about issues affecting seniors and their families. Lois has a wealth of knowledge regarding geriatric care and end-of-life decisions and she is delighted to share that knowledge.

Reservations: by October 14 to Glenda Dennis 1-408-253-4391 glenden@sbcglobal.net






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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