July - August 2018 Edition
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Ed Asner Speaks at Monthly Breakfast
June 20, 2018
The Los Angeles Brandeis Men's Group was honored to have the noted actor, writer, and humanitarian, Ed (Itzhak) Asner, speak at the June breakfast meeting held at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Complex. Mr. Asner entertained an enthusiastic group of 70-plus attendees with his tales of growing up an impoverished child in Kansas City, and later moving to Illinois to attend the University in Chicago. It was there that he first began to experience success as an actor which ultimately led to his long and distinguished career in film, theatre, and television. To date, he has appeared in over 50 films and 100 TV productions.

September 26, 2018 - Brunch Meeting at 11:00 AM
Speaker: Mr.Thom Mason

Mr. Thom Mason founded the Department of Jazz Studies at the USC Thornton School of Music, and served as it's chairman from 1983 to 1996. He is a well-regarded jazz musician and historian, and is being welcomed back for an encore presentation.
This meeting is scheduled later than normal because it would otherwise conflict with the date of Yom Kippur which occurs on September 19th. 
The Brandeis Men's Group has many "Special Interest Groups" (SIG) which meet on a regular basis to participate in activities which members are interested in. To find out more about the current groups, or to suggest adding a new group, contact the group chairman. click here .
  • Investment Group - Stephan Vener, 1-310-391-8376
  • Bridge Group - Marv Alperin (for info), 1-323-931-7172
  • Westside Walking Group - Gerry Sallus, 1-310-559-2536
  • Life Experiences - Bernie Schiffer, 1-310-476-5077
  • Current Events Group #1 - Louis Bernstein, 1-310-275-7736
  • Current Events Group #2 - Henry Gass, 1-310-444-7152
  • Legal Cases Group - Marvin Alperin, 1-323-931-7172
  • Opera Group - Marty Jaffee1-323-653-4090
  • Sporting Events & Viewings - John Harris, 1-323-650-0664
Legal Cases SIG
On July 26th, the Legal Cases SIG met to discuss pioneering and ground breaking events surrounding the Supreme Court's historic 1966 Miranda vs Arizona decision. The case was presented and moderated by Constitutional Law expert, Harold Orchid, and attendees included Jack Silver, Bernie Schneier, Marty Jaffee, Steve Silvers, John Harris, Randy Barnes, Marv Alperin, and Bernie Schiffer.
Harold Orchid
Life Experiences Group SIG
Jeff Penso, Marv Alperin, & John Harris
On August 16th, the Life Experiences SIG convened to ponder which of our life's decisions we would change if given the opportunity to do so. The SIG was hosted by Bernie Schiffer, and attendees were Randy Barnes, John Harris, Stan Epstein, Bernie Schneier, Marv Alperin, and Jeff Penso.
Current Events #1 SIG
On August 21st, the Current Events #1 SIG met to discuss local, national, and international items of interest. Among the topics discussed were California Bail Reform bill SB-10, US support of Israel, political ramifications of upcoming national elections, and how tax changes will affect the eastern and western United States vis-a-vis the central fly-over areas. Attendees included Lou Bernstein, Bernie Schiffer, John Harris, Arnie Geffner, Randy Barnes, and Bernie Schneier.  
Here Comes the Judge!
Movie Review: RBG
By Stan Epstein

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of the outstanding sitting Supreme Court Justices, but before she became a Justice she argued 7 cases before the United States Supreme Court. She was a familiar face and a welcome figure before the sitting Justices, and she won 6 of the 7 cases she argued before them. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was an engaging young woman and an outstanding student in all of the pre-college, college, and post-graduate schools she attended. Her husband, currently an outstanding tax attorney in New York city, fell in love with her the instant he saw her! They now have been married for over 50 years and are enjoying multiple grandchildren.

RBG is an excellent documentary depicting Associate Justice Ginsburg's early years, up to and including her tenure on the United States Supreme Court.  She was a champion of all women’s causes and primarily responsible for many of the rights that were denied to women for many years. Through the efforts of RBG as a practicing attorney, women enjoy those rights today. 

If you can find it playing somewhere, see it!   
Harold Savinar (1921 - 2018)

It is with great sadness that the Los Angeles Brandeis Men's Group reports the passing on July 30th, of esteemed member Harold Savinar. In a life that was as generous and purposeful as it was long, Harold steadfastly demonstrated true devotion, integrity, and friendship to all around him. The family requests that any donations be made to the Brandeis National Committee, Los Angeles chapter (contact Bernie Schneier, 1-310-827-4930).

July is that time again - LA Men's group dues are due!

Send check made out to BMG for $30 to:
Bernie Schneier
311 Bora Bora Way, #204
Marina del Rey, CA 90292