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  "National Chapter of the Year" 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2019 and Louis Brandeis Award 2018

Last Updated: October 28th, 2020


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The words, "The Times they are a-Changin" (Bob Dylan-1964) certainly have taken on a whole new meaning in recent months. And the Conejo Valley Chapter is changing right along with them.

We are proud to say that we are on the front lines of technology as more than 50 of our study groups are meeting virtually using Zoom. Not only are we enjoying these virtual meetings, we're saving money on gas!

Our efforts have been recognized by the BNC with these kinds words from Madalyn Friedberg, BNC National President.

Dear Conejo Valley chapter,

It is my honor to formally recognize your chapter for outstanding efforts in virtual programming. When the pandemic started and our in-person programs came to a pause, your chapter was swift in getting onboard with virtual programs and events. I want to congratulate you on your efforts in putting together these events! We hope to see many more virtual events from you in the future. Your chapter stands as an example to other chapters. Please find attached your special presidential commendation and share with your chapter board, you earned it!

Wish warm regards,

Madalyn Friedberg
National President, Brandeis National Committee

A Welcome Message from your new Presidents:

Dear Members,

Jessie and I are honored to be in the forefront of such an esteemed and progressive chapter. Our able Board is the backbone of this chapter. The cooperation we anticipate from them will guide us during this tenure.We appreciate the confidence you have demonstrated in selecting us for this prestigious position of president and we will strive to live up to your expectations.

What we are experiencing now is uncharted territory for all charitable organizations. But with the superb guidance from Judy Perlman and Elaine Bercy, Brandeis Conejo is up for the challenge. We are indeed blessed to be part of an organization that offers unique opportunities to grow emotionally, socially, and intellectually through our almost ninety-five study groups, in itself a unique feature of Brandeis.

Therefore our main goals for 2020-2021 term, under these circumstances, are to retain and increase membership. Keeping members connected, providing creative alternatives, and supporting the objectives of BNC, can accomplish this. We will continue to work closely with National to incorporate webinars and speakers to add a wealth of material to many of our existing study groups and, hopefully, to foster the creation of new groups.

We are a major fund raising organization. Our contribution during this time comes mainly from our study groups. We are continuing to do our part with our future programs:the Rabbi's Panel, Books without Brunch, a panel discussion with people in the political realm, and hopefully, The League of Women Voters. Brandeis depends on YOU. Because not only are we a local organization we are part of a National committee hence, BNC. We are in this together! And together we will get through this! WE ARE COMMITTED!

Frona DeCovnick co-president (click here to send email directly to Frona) kidzathart@aol.com
Jessica Pearlman co-president (click here to send email directly to Jessie) jbrra@aol.com

Welcome to our website new addition - Study Group Feature!
Every month we will feature a study group - what they are doing during pandemic.
INTRODUCING....our men's Study Group
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Dear Members and Friends,

As the summer is upon us, the fiscal year comes to an end, and it brings the end of our three year term serving as Presidents of our fabulous chapter.

Indeed this is a chapter to be proud of; winning top national awards each year plus chapter of the year, enjoying the many varieties of study groups, the interesting and enjoyable events, and the friendships and learning that goes along with all of it. You, our members, and our Board put us at the top.

And we have faced the new challenges just as well. We have about 50 groups that are zooming and more than 300 people are in groups that are zooming. That’s terrific. Plus, we were the first chapter in the country to put on a webinar, broadcast nationally, which was a great success.

As we move into the next year, please stay with us. Your yearly dues is a donation to Brandeis University and with that you stay connected to the many webinars that are being offered, and you remain connected to our chapter and the wonderful people in it. (You can renew on line by clicking the link at the bottom of this message)

On July 1, Elaine and I will turn over our responsibilities to Frona DeCovnick and Jessie Pearlman. Jessie and Frona know the chapter very well and have served in many capacities on the Board. You will read messages from them right here, in a few weeks.

Thank you for your support over these years, and for your friendship.

Judy Perlman and Elaine Bercy

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BNC Conejo Valley's INSTALLATION held on June 11, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time
click here to see pictures from our ZOOM installation!

ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY 2019 with The Village Klezmer Band pictures are HERE!
FALL LUNCHEON & BOUTIQUE 2019 pictures are HERE!
Installation 2019 pictures are HERE!
Game Day 2019 pictures are HERE!

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Contact Florence Prushan for Tributes (email directly) florenceprushan@me.com.
Judy Perlman judithfp@gmail.com
Elaine Bercy elainebercy@gmail.com,