We are following Brandeis University and CDC guidelines in planning all in-person study groups and events for this fall. Many groups will continue to be offered on Zoom.
Presidents’ Message

Dear Fellow Phoenix Chapter Members,

What a year it has been! Think about where we all were a year ago and how things are changing! We have learned many things in the past year and one of them is how to partake in this chapter’s multitude of offerings on Zoom!
We were so excited to have had the very special and unique opportunity to offer this year’s Phoenix Chapter Book & Author event, Cooks & Books, as a virtual series showcasing award-winning chefs and restaurateurs who are also authors! What fun it was to watch the masters at work while learning new cooking tips. We look forward to the third and final segment on May 20. All proceeds from this nationally offered series will benefit the Honoring Our History campaign and will be credited to our chapter. Thank you to Vice Presidents Nancy Sacks-Goldberg and Iris Wigal, along with Michelle Fischler, Joyce Grant and Beth Messer, for all of their hard work in planning such a great program! It was truly “out of the box” thinking and has made quite a splash! As always, our chapter excels at creating new and innovative ways to WOW BNC members!

In April we had a virtual installation of new Board members, led by Carol Abrams. The leadership quotes she presented were inspirational! Thank you, Carol! We welcome Linda Perlman, Co-Corresponding Secretary, Judy Mosbacher, Co-Recording Secretary, and new Members at Large, Freyda Libman and Myral Robbins to our 2021-2022 Board!
We offer a big thank you to outgoing Board members Bonnie Furst and Judy Krockey for their service to the chapter and wish them well.
Many of our winter visitors will be leaving the Valley soon, but because of Zoom they can join in all the fabulous Summer Camp activities, which will be offered throughout June, July and August. Harriet Schwartz and Ronee Siegel have been working diligently to offer a calendar with a multitude of sessions, available almost every day of the week! We give a big thank you to Harriet and Ronee for such a diverse array of exciting summer programming!
It’s that time of year again to renew your membership, if you haven’t already done so. The new fiscal year begins on July 1. Your renewal will allow you to participate in July and August summer camp and to register for our many fall study groups. Thank you to our Membership VPs and Committee for their attention to membership renewal! Thank you also to Nyles Gradus and Leith Baletin for their continued outreach efforts towards growing our male membership!
Our Fundraising Programs Chairs and Committee are busy planning special events to excite us all this fall and winter. Our Study Group VPs and Committee are busy attending to the very hard work of deciding on the protocol for offering in-person study groups. 

We will be holding a virtual Happy Hour for potential study group facilitators on June 3. Let’s grow our cadre of facilitators and offer an even more extensive variety of study groups to keep our members engaged, learning and having fun! Thank you to all the VPs and their Committees for their passion, flexibility and exemplary work!

It is our honor to represent this incredible chapter as your Presidents.
Stay Well - Stay Safe - HAVE FUN - ENJOY LIFE!!

All the best,
Jan & Linda, Presidents, BNC Phoenix Chapter
Now is the time to
Renew Your Membership!

Online Membership is open for the 2021-2022 year -
and what a year we have planned!
In order to take part in Summer Camp this summer and in Study Groups this fall,
participants must be current Chapter members for the year beginning July 1, 2021.
Or, you can go to the Membership page on our website, select Pay Membership Online and follow the instructions. If you are unable to pay online, please contact Irene Lubin at 480-948-3773.

If you’ve already renewed, we send a big ‘Thank You’ and hope to see you online and, one day soon, in person!
Membership Vice Presidents Carol Kadet and Gale Gradus
Book & Author 2021
Cooks & Books Souvenirs!

Remember our chefs’ wisdom in your kitchen daily
with these items for sale from Cooks & Books.

Book & Author Event Vice Presidents
Iris Wigal and Nancy Sacks-Goldberg 602-980-5436
Fundraising Programs
Please Join Us to Plan Events!
There’s always room for more members of this fun committee! If you would like to help plan and implement fabulous programs and events for our BNC Phoenix Chapter, please join us on Wednesday, May 26 at 10:00 am for our next Zoom meeting. Just email or call us to let us know you’ll attend and we will send you the meeting link. We look forward to hearing from you!
Fundraising Programs Vice Presidents
Carol Abrams 310-210-6751 (phone or text) and Terriann Kleiner 314-761-3132 (phone or text)
Study Group News
The Study Group team recognizes that this has been a difficult time for all of us, yet our chapter members have persevered and learned how to engage with others in lively Zoom study groups. Many of you even like it!

This month, there are several groups meeting online. Based on our recent Facilitator survey, many will continue using this format in the fall, while others plan to meet face-to-face.

  • Some of the dining groups may return with outdoor eating venues or meetings in the park.
  • Golf and hiking groups will most likely begin in the fall.
  • Nothing is certain. However, all in-person groups will adhere to direction from BNC National and the CDC.

In order to reach more of our members, we would like to:

  • Expand our study group schedule to include more evenings and weekends in addition to our weekday groups.
  • Although almost all of our groups are open to both men and women, we also would like to increase the men’s and couple’s groups, thus giving more men a reason to join Brandeis.

It's never too early to be thinking about different ways to explore our beautiful cities, make new friends and learn new things, even if it is online. Maybe you can team up with a friend to co-facilitate a study group? Maybe you have been hoping that Brandeis would offer a study group for your particular passion? We'll be more than happy to help YOU get it off the ground and provide training on both facilitation and Zoom.
Learn about being a facilitator!
Join us for a virtual Happy Hour!
An introductory meeting for prospective facilitators is scheduled for
Thursday, June 3 at 4:00 pm
If you wish to attend, please reply to the VPs at
Here are some group ideas generated from previous
prospective facilitator events that could use facilitators:
  • Men's film group that views "Films My Wife Would Never See!" online
  • Sunday Morning Walking Group (socially distanced)
  • Debut Novels Book Group
  • Memoir or Biography Book Groups
  • Gluten-Free or Healthy Cooking Groups
  • Watercolor or Still Life Painting Groups
  • Cultural Sites in Arizona Group
  • Learn to Play Poker (or other card game, such as Mexican Train, Hearts, etc.) Group
  • Opera Study Group
Please send your ideas for study groups that YOU would be willing to facilitate to:
2021-2022 Study Group Vice Presidents
Stephanie Klopper, Joyce Steinberg and Barbara Stern
Study Group Information, available in the August Bulletin, will include:
Access to the 2021-2022 Study Group Guide
How to Register for Study Groups
Out & About @ Home

See the list of Books, Films and Theater

recently enjoyed by our study group participants.
Membership News
Membership Milestones
Congratulations to Lori Roth on the marriage of her son, Ari, to Rose Steingard.
Congratulations to Gladys and Harvey Simon on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson, Cooper Schreck.
Our best wishes to Marty Goodman for a speedy recovery.
Our best wishes to Sue Lawler's husband, Jeff Fagin, for a speedy recovery.
Our best wishes to Linda Ullman for a speedy recovery.
Our sincere condolences to Michele Duncan on the passing of her husband, Roger.
Our sincere condolences to Brina Pepper on the passing of her brother, Joel Helfman.
Our sincere condolences to the friends of Davi Weinberg on her passing.
We Welcome Our New Members
Mickie Applebaum, Caryn Cherpak, Deborah Gantwerker, Scott Gantwerker, Larry Golden, Sandy Golden, Irwin Grossman, Dennis Howard, Andrew Kindler, Jo Anne Kindler, Rick Markson, Patrice Mason, Steven Mason, Susan Meschow, Sharon Pick, Allan Reinfeld, Lois Romano, Lois Ross, Paul Ross
To report life-cycle events, please contact:
Susan Sacks at 480-860-5256 or

To report a change in email address, phone number or mailing address, please contact:
Ms. Bruce Galin,
Membership Vice Presidents Carol Kadet and Gale Gradus
A Tribute to Three Past Presidents
by Carol Kern
Being together in person is a part of our social consciousness that we have missed this past year. Long time members and leaders of the past are at times forgotten and even though you may have never met them, they were significant in their own lives in addition to our chapter, the BNC and Brandeis University. Their experiences afforded them the opportunity to use their talents and expertise to bolster our chapter's success.
I knew them, I worked alongside them as colleagues and they were my friends. 
Here is a small snapshot of these special women who stepped up to become leaders and ultimately Presidents of the Phoenix Chapter serving in 2005-06 and 2010-11 respectively. Their deaths, all within three months of each other, were heart-wrenching for those of us who knew them and while we couldn't see them in person, we remember them.   
Harriet Hirshberg, Joan (Joanie) Bream and
Corinne (Connie) Weiss-Flegenheimer
On January 22, Harriet Hirshberg passed away. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she has been laid to rest near her family. She was 93 and lived a full life with her husband Bob for 50 years before he passed away in 2000. Her three children, Mark, Rich and Gary, reported that her family and friends were the world to her. Harriet graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1949 with a Degree in Art that was a lifelong interest for her. She became Co-President of our Chapter in 2005-2006 with Joanie Bream and she was the force behind the creation of the Phoenix Chapter’s Endowed Scholarship for an Arizona student to attend Brandeis University.
On February 16, Joanie Bream passed away. She was raised in Keewatin, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota where she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work. After retiring, she continued in the volunteerism that defined her life. She was 88 and is survived by three children, Sue, Linda and James and their families, as well as her husband Harvey. Joanie was a kind, caring, soft-spoken woman, who became the Co-President with Harriet Hirshberg in 2005-2006. Mentoring was important to her and she did exactly that for several members who have become leaders in our chapter. She has been laid to rest in St. Paul, Minnesota.
On March 17, Connie Weiss Flegenheimer passed away at age 94. Connie was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and studied journalism at Ohio State University. After marrying her husband, Dr. Michael (Marty) Weiss, she assisted him in his dental office located in the Coolidge/Florence area before moving to Phoenix. She returned to college and received a Master’s Degree in 1970. Connie’s life was filled with work as a reporter for the Phoenix Jewish News from 1976-1983 and by raising three children, Donna, David and Steven. Years after her husband Marty passed away, Connie married Hy Flegenheimer, who was quite active in the community. As a chapter President from 2000-2001, with Hy’s support and encouragement, she created new and interesting chapter events and projects. After the loss of Hy, she continued being an involved, well-respected volunteer for the Chapter. She definitely enjoyed being the timekeeper at our Book & Author events. Connie has been laid to rest in Arizona. 
Community Outreach
Charitable Organizations Need Our Help!
New items, or items in good condition, are accepted by the Sojourner Center for abused women and children. Please contact Ellen Kirschenbaum at 602-214-5212 for their current needs.

Prescription bottles (labels removed) are being collected for Interfaith Ministries. Contact Ellen to donate.
JUST 3 THINGS continues to collect items.
Most needed are: rice, powdered milk, canned meat, vegetables & beans, cooking oil, fruit cups, cereal, granola bars, toilet paper, laundry detergent and disinfectant wipes. (Contact for a complete list of items.)

Call Wendy at 602-316-2993 to arrange to drop off these items, as well as gently-used bras.

Stay safe and stay well!
Ellen Kirschenbaum and Wendy Cohen
Knit A Mitzvah
Do you Knit?
Do you Crochet?
Help us make Scarves,
Newborn Baby Caps and
Lap Blankets

We donate newborn baby caps and lap
blankets to Honor Health Medical
Center, scarves and adult lap blankets
to JFCS and chemo caps to Virginia G.
Piper Cancer Center.

For more information, please contact:
Ronee Siegel 917-273-0393

Joan Davis 602–499-8357
For more information, contact the Community Outreach Chairs:
Wendy Cohen ~ Ellen Kirschenbaum
Volunteer Opportunities
A wonderful way to get involved with our local BNC Chapter is to share your expertise with us. It’s a win-win! You get to meet some of the other members, maintain your skills and learn new ones, and the Chapter benefits from your experience.
The current skill sets needed are:
Website, Marketing, Publicity, Technology, Study Group Facilitator

If you would like to volunteer in these or any other areas, please contact the Volunteer Outreach Chair:
Ruth Lerner
Brandeis University Happenings
Brandeis' Student Vaccine Clinic
by Julie Jette April 23, 2021

Inside the sun-filled Zinner Forum at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, dozens of students sat in appropriately-distanced chairs with Band-Aids on their shoulders. They had just received doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine as part of Brandeis’ vaccine clinic, the first at a Massachusetts university since everyone over 16 became eligible on April 19.
[One student] said that if he hadn’t received the vaccine at Brandeis, he would have had to wait until he went home to Stone Mountain, Georgia, after the semester.

Read more about how the clinic started, how it sourced the vaccine and whether it has received enough doses to vaccinate the entire campus.
Did you miss one of Brandeis' virtual events and would like to access a recording of it?
Visit the on-demand Virtual Event Library.
General Chapter Information
Chapter Board Meetings

Board meetings are conducted virtually, via Zoom.
Chapter members are welcome to attend all meetings,
which are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 19 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
The June meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 16 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

RSVP: Email Corresponding Secretary Joyce Grant
at in order to receive the Zoom link.

Chapter Presidents: Jan Lebovitz and Linda Ullman
Mission Statement
Brandeis National Committee is dedicated to providing philanthropic support to Brandeis University, a distinguished liberal arts and research university founded by the American Jewish community. Its membership is connected to the University through fundraising and through activities that reflect the values on which the University was founded: academic excellence, social justice, nonsectarianism and service to the community.

Presidents: Jan Lebovitz and Linda Ullman

Editor: Kathleen Witkin ~ Copy & Layout: Sara Leopold ~ Assistant Editor: Ronee Siegel

The next Bulletin will be published in August, 2021.