Scroll down for details about some of our brand new groups!!
Presidents’ Message

Dear Fellow Phoenix Chapter Members,

We have enjoyed a wonderful summer camp season and thank Harriet Schwartz and Ronee Siegel so much for the fabulous lineup of zoom sessions during the months of June, July and August. The activity leaders were top-notch and we very much appreciate their time and energy. Chapter members were able to join sessions from numerous remote locations!

Early this month, for those who celebrate, is the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. “Rosh” is the Hebrew word for head and as the head controls our body, our actions at this time impact the rest of the year. This is especially true during Covid, as the actions of one can impact the lives of many. Later in the month autumn begins, a time when people gather to celebrate a successful harvest and a strong sense of community. We welcome our study group registration as our chapter’s bountiful harvest.

Our Study Group VPs have been working for months preparing for a season of 90 study groups, both in person and on Zoom, to keep our members active, engaged and educated. 

Facilitators received training and are ready and looking forward to engaging with their study group members. All members attending study groups are required to be vaccinated and possibly to wear masks, if asked to do so by the facilitator or another group member. Our #1 goal is your safety! We thank you all for your compliance. Our membership VPs and Committee have done an incredible job of growing our membership through outreach and new member Zoom socials and our renewal rate is strong.

Our Fundraising Programs VP and her committee have a wonderful lineup of events planned for October - April, so stay tuned!! There is lots of fun in fundraising!

Our nominating committee has begun receiving recommendations for the open 2022-2023 Board positions. Please contact Marcia Langer or Judy Levine if you are interested in a position on our chapter’s Board. All submissions are welcome and will be considered.

Thank you, one and all, for everything you do to keep our chapter vibrant! We wish you all a safe and bountiful autumn and for those who celebrate, a happy New Year. May the sweetness of apples and honey at your holiday table carry over into your daily life.

Jan & Linda
Study Groups
Spotlight on Study Groups!
Each month we will highlight some different study groups that you might be interested in joining.

Here are five of the new groups that are offered this year:
AZ Change Makers
This Study Group is designed to inspire, inform and offer unique insights into eight remarkable change makers, whose significant contributions have shaped Arizona. Through lively, interactive conversations you will receive a behind-the-scenes look at our state as they share their life journeys, their challenges and the changes that resulted through their work. All meetings will be via Zoom. 
Jewish Films Watch Party
Watch Jewish-themed movies and documentaries as a group and then discuss. Food provided! Once a month, come for pizza and socializing, view the movie in a home movie theater followed by discussion. Location is in the far North Valley, North of Cave Creek Rd. Carpools can be arranged.
The Original Snowbird: Frank Lloyd Wright
Visits to many of the local sites on Zoom or in person, if possible. Also included are some virtual visits to other national locations such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Falling Water and the Guggenheim. Guides from the virtual sites may participate as well.
Sizzling Sundays: Evening Movie Discussion and Dinner
Join this coed group for dinner in a restaurant and a lively discussion of quality new movies that stimulate discussion. Participants will view the movies on their own. Most will be in movie theatres, but a few may be streaming.
Stitchery Group
Open to members who would like to gather in person to do any type of stitching. Examples include Needlepoint, Canvas work and Embroidery. We can also discuss stitching methods and problems that arise. If anyone wants to know how to design a canvas, the facilitator will instruct in that, as well.
2021-2022 Study Group Links:

  • This Link is for initial registration only. For additional registrations, use the link to "edit your registration information" from your previous confirmation email.
We look forward to a wonderful Study Group season for 2021-2022.

Stephanie, Joyce and Barbara
2021-2022 Study Group Vice Presidents
Stephanie Klopper, Joyce Steinberg and Barbara Stern
Summer Camp Review
Thank you from the Summer Camp Chairs!

The sun has set on the 2021 Summer Camp season.

We want to thank the 31 Activity Leaders who generously gave their time and creative talents to fill our June, July and August calendars with activities that were entertaining, educational, informative and delicious (speaking of the many cooking-related activities, of course.)

We want to thank our 150 chapter members who enrolled in Summer Camp and participated greatly in the array of offerings, with many attending multiple activities.

We also want to thank Sara Leopold for her critical assistance in setting up the calendars, Paula Eckstein for her communication expertise and Stephanie Klopper for providing Zoom training for our activity leaders.

We were able to raise $4,680 for the Brandeis Library and $289 for the Honoring our History campaign.

Ronee Siegel and Harriet Schwartz, Summer Camp Chairs
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, we meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Please join us on Wednesday, September 22 at 1:00 pm for our next Zoom meeting. Just email or call 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 President
Terriann Kleiner 314-761-3132 (phone or text)
Save the Date
In-Person Events Planned for this Season:

Fall Event
Phoenix Adventure from A to Z
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31

New and Prospective Members Social
Friday, November 5, 10:00 am
University on Wheels (virtual event)
Winter 2022

Winter Event
February 2022

The Annual Chapter Meeting
The Face of Ballroom Dance: A Multimedia Presentation
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
32nd Annual Book & Author Event
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Friday, March 18, 2022

Bookmark Donors Cocktail Reception
Thursday, March 17, 2022

Dinner with the Authors
Following the Cocktail Reception
Spring Event and Installation of the 2022-2023 Board
Spring 2022
Membership News
Membership Milestones
Congratulations to Amy and Marvin Richman on the birth of their new grandson.
Our sincere condolences to Dr. Murray Cohen on the passing of his wife, Shelley (Rochelle) Cohen.
Our sincere condolences to the family of Roberta Davidson on her passing.
Our sincere condolences to the family of Phyllis Maizlish on her passing.
Our sincere condolences to Joanie Small on the passing of her aunt, Marianne Silberman.
We Welcome Our New Members
Nancy Hardin and Sophia Litt

New and Prospective Members Social - Join us!
Friday, November 5 at 10:00 am - hopefully in person
Email the VPs at for more information or to RSVP.
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,
She is our Data Manager and will ensure you receive Chapter mailings and information.
Name Tags

Would you prefer not to wear the stick-on name tags used at Brandeis functions? Brandeis has solved the problem.
We are offering personalized, magnetic Brandeis name tags for $13.00, including shipping.
You can get your name tags by filling out the order form and mailing it to the listed address.

Replacement magnetic backs for existing name tags are available; contact the Chapter office.
Membership Vice Presidents
Carol Kadet and Gale Gradus
Community Outreach
Charitable Organizations Need Our Help!
Jewish Family and Children's Services is maintaining a school supply pantry. Any school supplies such as pencils, colored pencils, folders, spiral notebooks, composition books, pencil sharpeners, wide-ruled paper, blunt scissors, pink erasers, Kleenex, hand sanitizer and especially… reams of printer paper!

This list is not complete – all school supplies are welcome. 

Note: Costco currently has a 36-item school supply sale for $8! 

Walmart and Target have excellent sales as well.

School began in early August, but supplies are always needed. They can be brought to Wendy’s house and left at the front door whenever you like. 

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
Mitzvah Mavens

Participants in this study group volunteer at a variety of Valley non-profit organizations. They meet at the specific locations of the organizations on various dates when possible. This year, they plan to begin in January, but if there are activities that can be done at home, participants will be notified.
Mitzvah Mavens Facilitators:
Patti Grossman 
Ileen Herberg 
Ellen Kirschenbaum
Nan Waldman
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 Ruth Lerner
For more information about the Honoring Our History campaign, or to make a donation, see the BNC website.
Brandeis University Happenings
For Trans Rabbi Lily Solochek ’11,
Pride 2021 Marks Need for “Culture Shift”

While the LBGTQ+ community has much to celebrate, it’s been a trying and tragic year for transgender people, with a sharp rise in hate crimes and anti-trans legislation proposed in more than 30 states. The Brandeis Alumni Association recently asked Lily Solochek ’11 for their thoughts on the ongoing persecution of trans people.

Lily Solochek ’11 is, according to Solochek, one of about two dozen out trans and/or nonbinary rabbis in the U.S. at a time when states around the country have introduced more than 100 bills designed to curb the rights of transgender people. Advocacy groups are calling 2021 a record-breaking year for such legislation. In addition, the Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBTQ+ advocacy group, has called violence against transgender people a national epidemic; in 2021 murders of trans people are up 266 percent from last year.
Photo Credit: Lanni Solochek
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 usually held on the 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 10:00 am.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 22* from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
*It is the 4th Wednesday this month due to Yom Kippur.

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