Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter - Study Groups Update

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Study group updates -- July 2020:


Dear Members:

Thank you for your continued participation in our chapter's Study Groups! Doing so allows us to support our larger Brandeis Community! Our financial support not only extends towards renowned Scientific Research & World Class Libraries, but to the commitment of promoting an equitable and just society.

Stay Connected and Happier Through
Brandeis Study Groups and Programs

The Brandeis Men's Participation Committee, whose mission it is to increase men's activities through the development of new study groups and special events of particular interest to men, wants you to know that socialization and mental stimulation is available to you now.

Cassie Mogilner Holmes, associate professor of behavioral decision making in the UCLA Anderson School of Management, says "It's not only possible, but it is essential to stay connected. Social connection - feeling connected to people in our life and having a sense of belonging - is the most important ingredient to being happy now". The structure already exists: Brandeis study groups and upcoming programs.

More than 45 Conejo Valley Brandeis study groups have remained connected via ZOOM, Google Duo and Microsoft. Meeting this way has proven to be an excellent medium for staying connected. These study groups have incorporated pre-meeting "schmoozing" sessions as a means of maintaining relationships and have structured their Zoom sessions to simulate the study group's format. For example, current events discussions, guest lectures, and members hosting stimulating topics of great interest.

If your study group isn't currently having online meetings, contact your study group leader and encourage him/her to develop a format for reactivating the group via ZOOM, Google Duo and Microsoft GoToMeeting.

If your leader needs technical assistance, he/she can contact Alvira Klain, 818-884-8569,

"Zooming" STUDY GROUPS The Study Groups that have immediate available space are listed in red. We are happy to add you to the waiting list for all other groups. Simply contact the VP responsible for the particular Study Groups you are interested in.

Janet Brasler (click here to send email directly to Janet)

Pro Fressers 2nd Thursday 11:30am A men's discussion group - guest speakers
Out of the Box 3rd Friday 10:30 Critical Thinking discussion group for Men/Women
Hot Mama Mahjers
Mahj Men
Mahj Babes Wednesdays 10:00
Advances In Science - 2nd Wed. 1:00 Men's discussion group
Sunday Funday - 3rd Sunday Couples On the Town
Monday Morning Quarterbacks - 1st Monday 10:00 am - Men's discussion group

Elaine Leff (click here to send email directly to Elaine)

News Junkies 4th Friday 10:00 am Men's current event discussion
Legal Divas 2nd Monday 10:30 Women's Legal Puzzlers
Women in the Know 2nd Tuesday 1:00 pm Ladies' Current Events
Current Chicks 4th Wed. 10:30 Women's Movie Group
Current Affairs Discussion 3rd Monday Women's Current Events
Chick Flick 1st Thursday Ladies' Movie Group
Films R Us 3rd Sunday Couples Movie Group
Legal Eagles 3rd Tuesday 10:30 Women's Puzzler Group
Current Event Mavens 2nd Tuesday 9:30 Men's Current Events
Legal Eyes 3rd Tuesday 10:30 Ladies' Legal Puzzler Group
Breaking News 2nd Friday 10:30 Women's Current Events
Drama Queens 2nd Sunday Ladies Theater Group
Current Events Newsroom 3rd Monday 9:30 Women's Current Events
Sat. Night Movie Critics 4th Saturday 5:45 Couples Movie Group
Hot Topics 3rd Wednesday 9:30 Men's Current Events
12 Angry Women 4th Tuesday 10:00 Women's Legal Puzzlers
Movie Buffs 4th Sunday 4:00 Couples Movie Group
Cinemaddicts 2nd Wednesday 1:00 Women's Movie Group
Critics Choice 4th Sunday 5:00 Couples Movie Group
Movies & Shakers 2nd Sunday 3:00 Couples Movie Group
Hang Em All 4th Thursday 4:00 Couples Legal Puzzlers
Headliners 2nd Wednesday 7:00 pm Men's Current Events
Reel Men 1st Wednesday 4:30 Men's Movie Group

Florence Prushan: (click here to send email directly to Florence)

Book Brothers 2nd Thursday 11:00 Men's Book Group
Book Ends 3rd Monday 1:00 Women's Book Group
Book Markers 2nd Tuesday 11:00 Women's Books Group
Book Thieves 2nd Tuesday 10:00 Women's Book Group
Keep It Short 2nd Wednesday 1:00 Men & Women's Short Story Group
Monday Book Tribe 1st Monday Noon Women's Book Group
Mystery Mavens 3rd Friday Women’s Book Club
Tuesday Afternoon Readers 2nd Tuesday 1:00 Women's Book Group
Anything Goes 2nd Thursday 10:00 Women's Discussion
Let's Talk 2nd Wednesday 10:30 Women's Discussion
Life & Times 3rd Tuesday 10:00 Women's Discussion
Notable Women 2nd Monday 10:30 Women's Discussion
The Women Behind the Presidents 2nd Thursday 1:00 Women's Discussion
Thursday Life Issues 4th Thursday 9:30 Women's Discussion
Jewish Explorers 1st Friday 10:30 Men's/ Women's Discussion
Ivit 4th Tuesday 9:30 Men & Women
Jewish Women of Substance 1st Thursday 1:30 Women's Discussion
Shabbatniks 4th Friday Couples
Bits n Pieces 3rd Thursday 10:00 Women's Potpourri
Crafty Needles 3rd Thursday 2:30
Sat. Night Live 1st Saturday Couples
Good Bad Ugly 2nd Thursday 10:30 Women's Discussion
Mystic Mavens 3rd Wednesday 1:00 Kabbalah
Our Views 1st Tuesday 10:30 Women's Discussion Group
Talmud and Current Events 1st Wednesday 1:00 (will begin July 1st)
Weekenders Potpourri group of single men and women - weekends

Get on the band wagon! Study Groups with immediate space are underlined. We will be generating waiting lists for the other groups.




Alumni, parents, Brandeis National Committee members and friends are invited to participate in these virtual programs! All events take place online via Zoom.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions on joining the event via Zoom.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPREHENSIVE LIST of study groups so you can "shop around".

Not all groups are operating during COVID-19 shut-down, but many are creative and keeping on line regular meetings. Contact the appropriate Study Group VP if you want to set up on-line or zoom connection for your group!

CLICK HERE FOR FULL Study Group Schedule: 06-2020


Contact us if this or any other on the Study Group list interests you. Also check out the web site on regular bases to see more of what is available.

We also feel that there are a few groups that really need defining:

"On the Town" groups go someplace exciting and interesting every month. That includes educational, recreational, dining, crafts, and charity excursions.

"Pot Pourri" groups are a combination of events. They include trips to places you will enjoy and discussion and demonstrations of interest.

"Life and Times" groups" discuss first a "woman of history" and then a topic of interest. These can range from what a first aid kit should include to an era in history.

"Lunch & Learn" group members enjoy a great lunch and a lecture from a person of interest arranged by the group's members.

Remember, if you have a question about any Study Group, contact the appropriate V.P.

Just a quick reminder. All those checks you are making out for Study Groups, don't forget to make them out to: "Brandeis University".

And, by the way, don't forget to renew your membership by either mailing in your check to National or online at


FLORENCE PRUSHAN - (click here to send email directly to FLORENCE)

ELAINE LEFF - (click here to send email directly to ELAINE)

JANET BRASLER - (click here to send email directly to JANET)

Contact for Tribute Cards:
Florence Prushan -

and order Brent's Cards:
Jackie Kantor - the San Fernando Valley and Calabasas)
and Carol Smith - (for Westlake, Thousand Oaks and Agoura)

If you have a Study Group in mind, please fill this form and send/give to one of our Study Group VP's

Study group Request Form to join a new group.(pdf. format)

Get detailed description about each Study Group and information when they meet.

Updates and Photos from various Study Groups:

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Daytime Divas attending the Cedars-Sinai Simulation Lab, to see state of the art equipment and presentation of latest mediacal traning facility.
November 2019

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Bits N-Pieces Potpourri Group
November 2019

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Bailey helps Elaine Blonder lead the discussion at Breaking News, a current events discussion group.- January 2020

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Daytime Divas at Van Nuys Airport
September 2019

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Bits N-Pieces Potpourri Group
October 2019

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Bits N-Pieces Potpourri Group
October 2019

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Daytime Divas at Braille Institute
June 2019

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Daytime Trotters and fireman
July 2019

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Women Behind The Presidents
August 2019

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Funseekers - LA arboretum carriage house - April 2019

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Shabatnkcs celebrating birthdays and anniversary before attending Sabbath Service - May 2019

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Men Unlimited - Men's on the town group - touring the Boeing Santa Susana Laboratory site on - May 2019

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Gadabaut On The Town couples group visiting Fire station and learning how the station operates, how Firefighters live, eat and what are their range of duties - March 2019
Divas New Horizons thanks You!
Good afternoon ladies, It was a pleasure giving you a tour of our campus this morning. We hope you will continue to have New horizons in mind and the 1800 individuals with specials needs that we serve.
Attached is the group picture we took today, and a link to our website if you'll like to learn more about us. We hope you'll get involved and become a supporter.
Have a nice afternoon!

Shade Mokuolu
Community Engagement Manager
New Horizons - 15725 Parthenia Street., North Hills, CA 91343

Legal Eyes is a new legal puzzler group.

We are eleven women who enjoy studying legal cases, past and present. Our energetic discussions include debating about our judicial system, the philosophy of the law, and the frustrations inherent in trying to separate legalities from "fairness/justice."

We are learning quite a bit about the law as well as what it takes to come to fair and just decisions.


Are you Puzzled about what Legal Puzzlers Study Groups are all about?

Our group has been in existence for over ten years, meeting each month at a different member's home. The hostess is responsible for providing the topic for discussion. Our format is constantly changing with the times. We may debate legal issues regarding the current government policies, discuss a supreme court case, watch a movie pertaining to a legal issue, or have a guest speaker. We become the best of what a jury should be.
Laraine Karelitz and Sue Ruttenberg Kessler,
Co Leaders
Brandeis Players in its seventh year is led by Sid Wilner, a professional actor.
Sid has been a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA for 35 years. His very extensive resume includes roles in Movie, TV and Theatre productions. None of the members in the group are actors. No critics, Do your best... Just have fun and enjoy!! We meet every month on the 4th-Tuesday at 1:30 pm. Scripts are then distributed for the following month. The roles for the reading assigned one week prior to the meeting via e-mail. For most scripts you will have multiple roles. And this is important...No "Stars" Everyone will read about the same amount of lines.
Sid Wilner

Life and Times:
A Study Group to Pique Your Interest!
Life and Times

Life & Times is a great group of women who meet to discuss both notable women in history and topics of interest to all of us. Each month the person who is hosting the meeting does a short bio on a woman she admires, followed by a report on a topic of interest to her. Past topics have included women inventors, art history, women poets, stroke awareness, recycling, heart health, and Jews in China. Our presentations are followed by lively discussions. We avoid political and personal topics.
For more information please contact our leader,
Sharon Cohen,

Literary Potpourri celebrating their Anniversary, with the same people as they started with.

We are a book group that was established as a Valley Group and later moved into Conejo Valley.

Our Leader is Sherrie Weisman