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September, 2021

Seeking a more holistic approach to health care

Sarah Davidson '23 believes there's more to healthcare than having access to a doctor, medicine, or emergency services. That's why she interned at the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) this summer.

Based in Washington, D.C., C-TAC focuses on improving health outcomes for all Americans - particularly the most vulnerable communities - by empowering consumers, advocating for improved public health policies, and engaging with healthcare providers. Her paid internship is part of the World of Work (WOW) Fellowships, which are made possible by the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice, whose benefactors include Jules Bernstein '57 and the Class of 1969 Fund for Social Justice

Davidson was one of 39 WOW Scholars this summer. Davidson, who worked remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, contributed to outreach efforts aimed at educating healthcare organizations about C-TAC's mission and advocacy work.

August, 2021

Sweet Taste of Innovation: Michael Shoretz '09 Offers Guilt-Free Treats

Michael Shoretz '09 had never thought much about wellness until he was a high school senior. That's when his father was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. "Until that point, I didn't really look at the ingredients. I was more interested in what flavor chips I was buying," he said. "It was a bit of a wake-up call."

Fascinated with learning how to help people live healthier lives, Shoretz studied health policy at Brandeis. Armed with a Cuisinart and a load of internet research, Shoretz started to experiment in his parents' kitchen with ice cream recipes that were high in protein but low in calories, fat and sugar, instead using natural sweeteners like monk fruit.

After much trial and error, and with help from family members and industry experts, Shoretz launched Enlightened Ice Cream in 2012. His tasty treats were soon picked up by health-conscious outlets like Whole Foods Market and FreshDirect.

As CEO of Beyond Better Foods, Shoretz has expanded his low-sugar, protein-packed offerings to include Enlightened fruit bars, cheesecakes and cookie-dough bites, Cloud10 marshmallow rice bars, and a roasted bean snack called Bada Bean Bada Boom that's earned fans like singer Carrie Underwood.
The company ended up bringing in $115 million in retail sales, a significant bump over the prior year.

July, 2021

Brandeis University in Waltham has released an "Oppressive Language List," as well as recommendations for more neutral language, in an effort to promote a more inclusive campus.

'Rule of thumb,' 'policeman,' 'picnic,' 'lame,' and 'ladies and gentleman,' are among the commonly used words and phrases that have been deemed oppressive by students and faculty within the university's Prevention, Advocacy & Resource Center.

"PARC recognizes that language is a powerful tool that can be used to perpetrate and perpetuate oppression. As a community, we can strive to remove language that may hurt those who have experienced violence from our everyday use," a statement on PARC's website reads. "

For example, the school says the term 'rule of thumb' can be replaced with 'general rule' because the 'expression allegedly comes from an old British law allowing men to beat their wives with sticks no wider than their thumb.'

"Policeman" can be replaced with "police officer" because the term "lumps all people under masculine language or within the gender binary," according to the school.

A suggested alternative to the word "picnic" is "outdoor eating" because picnic has been "associated with lynchings of Black people."

Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris

Fine arts professor at Brandeis, Charles McClendon, comments on the horrific fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and the path toward renovating the iconic building.

What's the cultural significance that is most often overlooked about Notre Dame in Paris?

It's the first of the gigantic cathedrals - it starts the age of gigantism because it was the first cathedral to break the 100-feet mark in height. Each city wanted its cathedral to be higher than the others, like trying to build skyscrapers higher and higher.

But it's not just a church, or Paris, or France. It's the most famous gothic church. Religious or not, it has been the subject of contemplation for centuries.

Notre Dame was created at the time of the birth and expansion of the first international university. The University of Paris is an outgrowth of the cathedral school and it became a center for all of Europe around 1200. Some of the best minds taught there - yes, in service to the church - but also to start the first curriculum of the liberal arts.

Paris was seen as a new Athens and Notre Dame was a manifestation of this. The cathedral is amazing, both in ambition and in size.

When Sharon Cohen and Honey Bencomo visiting Brandeis University. they hiked up the hill so they could be near justice Brandeis's statue. Today on Facebook somebody wrote what was at the bottom of the statue on a plaque which they never noticed. We are sharing this with you.

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The Brandeis Beginnings Tidbits:

Brandeis University is the youngest private research university in the United States and is the only nonsectarian college or university in the nation founded by the American Jewish Community

Albert Einstein was one of the original planners of Brandeis University

Eleanor Roosevelt was a member of the faculty, teaching a course on international affairs that drew on her experience as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She was also the first Commencement speaker, for the class of 1952

The University's first professor of music and director of the School of Creative Arts was composer Leonard Bernstein. While at Brandeis, Bernstein debuted Trouble in Tahiti on June 12, 1952 as part of the first Creative Arts Festival

Notable alumni: Tony Goldwyn '82 actor, director, producer, starred in such cinematic hits as: Ghost, Tarzan, The Pelican Brief and Kiss the Girls. His directorial works include:: Someone like you and A Walk on the Moon.

Brandeis University counts among its alumni five Pulitzer Prize winners, a Nobel laureate and several Emmy Award-winning actors, broadcasters and producers.

Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Brandeis University is ranked in the top tier of universities in the country. Founded in 1948 and named for the late Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis of the U.S. Supreme Court, it is the only nonsectarian, Jewish-founded university in the country, known for its academic excellence and ideals of social justice. At the same time as Brandeis' founding, eight women from Boston, all leaders in the community, were asked to help in supporting this new university. They were given the task of building on the collection of 2,000 books in the Library, which was housed in a converted horse stable. The dedication and perseverance of these women, who now called themselves the National Women's Committee continues today, sixty years later, as the Brandeis National Committee. With over 70 chapters nationwide and over 39,000 members, BNC is one of the largest and most successful "friends of a library" organizations in the world. Over the years, we have placed over one million books in the Students with Dr. Ludwig Lewisohn, J.M. Kaplan Professor Comparative Literature March 25, 1953 Brandeis libraries, and raised over $100 million for Brandeis University and its libraries, scholarship and research. Brandeis University has become one of the youngest private research universities, with ground-breaking exploration in neurodegenerative and age-related diseases.

(IMAGE: Students with Dr. Ludwig Lewisohn, J.M. Kaplan Professor Comparative Literature March 25, 1953)

Now after almost 70 years, Brandeis University has become well established, renowned for its academic excellence and celebrated for its ideals of social justice. But when Brandeis first opened its library doors in the fall of 1948, it was not the best of times for this unique university...yet. Brandeis's book collection was meager, only 2,000 volumes, and was housed in, of all places, a converted horse stable! This was Brandeis's infancy, though, and the nation's only Jewish-sponsored, non-sectarian University h ad an incredible challenge ahead.

Eleanor Roosevelt—Lecture for General Education Class April 17, 1958 It would be an extraordinary task to create a library that could barely compete, let alone compete well, with the "old ivies" in New England. Brandeis was determined to be first rate. Remarkably, eight women would answer this challenge. Their loyalty to this unproven university came from a different breed of faith: both to the Jewish community at large, and to education itself. They called themselves the National Women's Committee, and what they would work to achieve was no less than amazing.

(IMAGE: Eleanor Roosevelt—Lecture for General Education Class April 17, 1958)

Sixty years later, the Brandeis University National Women's Committee is a thriving, vital part of both Brandeis and its library fundraising efforts. We are now one of the largest, most successful "friends of a library" organizations in the world. With members in chapters across the country, the National Women's Committee has raised millions for Brandeis University research program and its libraries.


~~ Brandeis was founded in 1948 as a non-sectarian, coeducational institution sponsored by the Jewish community.
~~ Brandeis was established on the site of the former Middlesex University.
~~ Brandeis University was named for Justice Louis D. Brandeis, who was the first Jewish Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
~~ Brandeis First President - Abram L. Sachar -1948-1968
~~ Famous Professors who taught at Brandeis - Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonard Bernstein, Anita Hill
~~ Brandeis Motto - In Hebrew - Emet - In English it means - Truth even unto its innermost parts
~~ Brandeis Colors - Blue and White
~~ Nickname - Judges
~~ Mascot - Ollie the Owl - named for Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Justice Louis D. Brandeis -
"Our government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."