Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter - Members Updates


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Membership Vice President:

I am so excited to be starting my second year as membership vice - president.
I get to meet so many interesting and nice people.
I don't have to do much as people keep hearing about our warm, welcoming chapter and contacting me. We have something for everyone: study groups, eating and on the go groups and our many events. And you can do as much or as little as you want. Tell your friends and we can add to their lives also.

Don't forget to renew your membership. And if you are not sure, call or email me and we can see what we need to do to keep you happy. Looking forward to seeing you throughout the year.

If you have any friends or family interested in learning more about our chapter, please have them contact me.

Membership V.P: Elaine Leff

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Welcome Our Newest Members!
New members signed
from October 2018 through January 2019!
  Iris Rudnick    Sandra Cohen   Sandra Barles    Lynn Arkin
  Nancy Canter    Janis Sterling   Pamela Friedman    Sandra Michaels
  Sandy Pereida    Sue and Lew Wellerstein   Michele and Joel Zinn    Jackie Friedman
  Michele and Joel Zinn        

Andrea Jacobs

Thank you for spotlighting me as a "first" regarding my background, family history and why I love Brandeis.

I really never stopped to think about my life as being unusual except that my father was German Jew. As a soccer player, in Frankfort, he had to flee Germany from the Nazi regime in 1939, when it was difficult to get out. He was slotted to play in the Olympics with his team. However when it was discovered that he was Jewish he was no longer able to participate in the game. His mother tried to keep them secular in order to keep them alive, which she was able to do.

My grandmother was Russian and the Germans were not yet taking women into the camps. My father, grandfather & uncle were all in different concentration camps and my grandmother was able to get them released throughpersistence. She hired a Nazi attorney and went to the German Consulate every day until they discharged all three of them.

Essentially they bought their way out of Germany and left everything they owned behind. My father fled to Shanghai and remained there until 1949 when he came to the United States. My uncle left Shanghai and came to the US where he joined the Army and served as a medic in Normandy. He received a Medal of Honor for his service and had held the first Jewish service.

My grandparents were not so accepting of my mother's selection for a husband, due to the fact that she "married a German". This filtered down through a generation because in my first marriage, given my German heritage, I was made to feel felt I was not Jewish enough and that family never truly accepted me; a sign of prejudice and a feeling of being excluded. They sometimes seemed to wonder and would question if my father was really Jewish.

I can remember my maternal grandparents driving from San Diego to Los Angeles to shop at the Kosher butcher in Fairfax. They would then store their meat in our non-Kosher refrigerator, spend the night with us in Sherman Oaks and then drive back to San Diego.

And Now, about Brandeis: Originally, Rickey Harris, a member of Knosh and Knowledge, introduced me to Brandeis. Rickey requested I speak on the topic of Real Estate, which was the my first association with Brandeis. I found the group of women responsive and interested in the topic by asking questions regarding pricing and how subjective this can be.

I learn so much at the Brandeis meetings and groups and find the camaraderie with the women rewarding. We have discovered so much about one another and feel very close sharing our lives together.

Warmest regards,