September 2018
Volume XXIII - Issue 1
Marcia Plumleigh
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Hello everyone. It’s that time again; time to make plans for this coming season and to get ready for another exciting and entertaining Brandeis adventure.

In this bulletin is the information you will need to sign up for NEW and OPEN study groups and special events. You can sign up for study groups and special events at Showcase or just click in the appropriate place in this bulletin. Our study groups offer new opportunities to join book groups, movie groups, and a new men’s group. And we are opening a second Yiddish group.

To highlight just a few special events: our VERY BIG FUNDRAISER this year will be held in February at the CODA Gallery. This is a gala and cocktail party filled with music, art, wine and the rest of all the good things you would expect at such an event. I urge you to support our chapter and neuroscience research at Brandeis University and attend this marvelous event. Check out the flyer for more details. Our WOMAN OF THE YEAR event will be held in April honoring Sally Brockman, a Brandeis member, who has been a wonderful volunteer in Brandeis and our community for many years. And get ready for Game Day in January in partnership with Sabra Hadassah.

You will notice some changes to our usual lineup of events. This year we will not offer Deis Flicks or the Book and Author luncheon. Regarding Deis Flicks, we have exhausted Brandeis’ library of films; and as for Book and Author, it seemed time to take a hiatus and offer some new and different events. We sincerely hope you will enjoy the new special events.

This year, the money we raise for Brandeis will have a new focus. The Brandeis National Committee and Brandeis University will be raising funds for the Magnify the Mind campaign, an effort to raise $500,000 to purchase a two photon microscope to observe brain activity in real time. This microscope will move Brandeis’ brain research toward new discoveries and treatment of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and Autism. Of course, you can continue to contribute to Sustaining the Mind campaign, the University’s continuing brain research effort. The Scholarship campaign received an enormous endowment last year so that campaign has been very successful.

Last year, our efforts to increase our membership soared, thanks to the efforts of Eleanor Blank, Gail Minkow, Sally Brockman, Carol Shupak and all of you who brought prospective members to our coffees and other events. We look to your help again, to identify potential members. Bring non-member friends to an event or luncheon so they can have the “Brandeis experience.” Every organization needs a continuing stream of new energy and volunteers to grow and thrive.

In closing, a very big THANK YOU to all our volunteers who have worked all year to make the Brandeis experience worthwhile. And to our new members, there are many opportunities for you to get involved in the life of our organization. See you all at Showcase, October 23 at The Vue.

Marcia Plumleigh
SHOWCASE is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at
The Vue in Indian Wells.

Click here for the Showcase flyer.
Click here to register for Showcase.
And now WELCOME to the 2018-19 Brandeis Season.
STUDY GROUPS

Study Groups are a wonderful way to meet new people, learn new things, engage in interesting discussions and have fun! As a dues-paying member of the Brandeis National Committee you may join the Desert Chapter’s various open study groups. The cost for each group is $15 per person per year. Below is a list of all the groups that have openings.

If you have a talent or interest and would like to facilitate a new group, please contact Carol Radin, Study Group Vice President at 760-565-0029 or by email at acradin@gmail.com

Note: Members will be contacted by their coordinator about the date of the first meeting. Carol Radin will maintain any needed waiting lists.

Book Group 4 th Monday  10am
Coordinator:  Sharyn McKee   sharynmck@aol.com
Description: Group meets each month and discusses plot, characters and themes. The members choose the books that best relate to the group’s interests.

Lunch Bunch  Last Tuesday of month at noon
Coordinator: Susie Kaye  bentleykaye@msn.com
Description:  Enjoy lunch with old and new friends at local restaurants. Separate checks when possible. Different restaurants every month.

Early Bird Dinner  2 nd Friday at 5pm
Coordinator: Candy Warner    candywarner@yahoo.com
Description:  Meet new people for an early dinner at various restaurants in the Valley. Singles and couple welcome.

Men’s Game Group   3rd Thursday at 1:00 pm
Coordinators:  Bob Starr   bobstarr1@ gmail.com
                            Bruce Blank    blblank1935@gmail.com
Description:  A good way for the men to get together and enjoy various games such as Putters, Bocce, Billiards etc.. No skills are needed.

Lunch Bunch   2 nd Friday at Noon.
Coordinator:  Beverly Ross
Description: Gather at a different local restaurant every month for a fixed price lunch. Members pay cash. No more than $25.

Current Events Group (New)  3 rd Tuesday at 7:00 pm
Coordinator:  Carol Radin (temporary)  acradin@gmail.com
Description:   Group meets monthly to discuss topics involving local, state, national and world news.

Yiddish Group (New)  1 st Thursday 1pm
Coordinator:  Sussie Denebeim   sussiedenebeim@gmail.com
Description: Group will learn conversational Yiddish from a fluent facilitator.

Movie Group    2 nd Tuesday  10:30 am
Coordinator:  Wendy Rudlin    wrudlin@gmail.com
Description:  A daytime movie group that sees a movie and goes out to lunch at a local restaurant.

Writing From Out of Our Lives   3 rd Thursday  10:30 am
Coordinator: Leah Schweitzer    leyeleh@aol.com
Description:  Together in a safe, inspiring environment we will discover the magic in writing about our past. With suggestions and exercises, we will honor those special moments that have made our lives so rich and memorable. 

Writing From Out of Our Lives   3 rd Thursday  1:30 pm
Coordinator: Leah Schweitzer    leyeleh@aol.com
Description:  Together in a safe, inspiring environment we will discover the magic in writing about our past. With suggestions and exercises, we will honor those special moments that have made our lives so rich and memorable. 

Movie groups
We have several movie groups that have a limited number of spaces. The members see the movie or movies on their own and meet once a month to discuss plot, characters etc. 
If you are interested, please email Carol Radin at acradin@gmail.com to discuss openings.

CLICK HERE FOR STUDY GROUP SIGN UP FORM.
10 OUTSTANDING SPECIAL EVENTS
BRANDEIS NATIONAL COMMITTEE DESERT CHAPTER
2018-2019 SEASON AT A GLANCE

OCTOBER
 
1
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018, 10:30AM 
SHOWCASE AT THE VUE.  
LUNCHEON AND SIGN UP FOR STUDY GROUPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
COST: $60

Click here for Showcase flyer.
Click here for Showcase registration form.
 
2
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2018 10AM-5PM
SHOP TIL YOU DROP AT CITY LITES WOMENS APPAREL IN BERMUDA DUNES
DONATION 20% OF PURCHASES TO BRANDEIS

Click here for City Lites flyer. No registration form required.
 
DECEMBER
 
3
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018, 11.30 AM
HOW DO I MOVE FORWARD WHEN MY SPOUSE DIES?
LUNCH AND PRESENTATION AT BELLATRIX AT THE CLASSIC CLUB.
COST: $35

Click here for How Do I Move Forward When My Spouse Dies flyer. No registration form required. List entree choice on check and send to name and address on flyer.

4
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2018, 10:30 am
BRANDEIS MEETS BRANDINI
TOUR OF BRANDINI TOFFEE FACTORY.
COST: $10

Click here for Brandeis Meets Brandini flyer. To register, send check to name and address on flyer.

JANUARY
 
5
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2019, 10:30 AM
UNIVERSITY ON WHEELS,
 LUNCH PLUS PRESENTATION FROM A NOTED BRANDEIS FACULTY MEMBER. MISSION HILLS COUNTRY CLUB
COST: $60
MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW
 
6
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM
GAME DAY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SABRA HADASSAH,
SUN CITY SHADOW HILLS MONTECITO CLUBHOUSE
COST: $65; $70 AFTER JANUARY 6, 2019

Click here for Game Day flyer. No registration form required. Send check to address on flyer.
 
7
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019. 12 NOON
BRIDGING CULTURES
KOREAN LUNCH AND EDUCATIONAL INFO ABOUT KOREAN CULTURE, MARU KOREAN BARBECUE AND GRILL.
COST: $37

Click here for Bridging Cultures flyer. Registration form attached to flyer.

FEBRUARY
 
8
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019, 6:30-9:00 PM
SEASON'S GALA AND COCKTAIL PARTY
AT THE AMAZING CODA ART GALLERY, EL PASEO
COST: $75

Click here for Gala and Cocktail Party flyer. No registration form required. To register, send check to name and address on flyer.


MARCH
 
9
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019, 10AM TO NOON
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES.
TAKE A DOCENT-LED WALK DOWN THE FAMOUS PALM DESERT EL PASEO MEDIAN AND VIEW THE NEW ART EXHIBITION.
COST: $25

Click here for Art Walk on El Paseo flyer. No registration form required. To register, send check to name and address on flyer.


APRIL
 
10
SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019, 11AM-1:30 PM 
WOMAN OF THE YEAR BRUNCH. PAY TRIBUTE TO SALLY BROCKMAN FOR HER OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO BRANDEIS.
AT VENTANA, MOUNTAIN VIEW CLUBHOUSE IN SUN CITY
COST: $65

Click here for Woman of the Year Brunch flyer.
Click here for Woman of the Year Brunch registration form.
 
Contact Us !

Brandeis Desert Bulletin is a publication of the Desert Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee, a non-profit organization. Fed ID#04-2103552.

Editor:  Gail Minkow, 310-933-7454, gail.minkow2@gmail.com

Please note: we make every attempt to ensure accuracy of the information provided with all BNC Desert Chapter communications.