Brandeis Conejo Valley/San Fernando Valley Chapter - Study Groups Update








Study group leaders:
Have any new or interesting information,
pictures or updates to share?
Please e-mail to Alvira


Study group news, updates and opportunities -- May 2024:


And the fun continues! Our engaging Study Groups await your consideration. BNC members, feel free to visit any Study Group without any sense of obligation to join. See if the group meets your needs!
IMMEDIATE OPENINGS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE STUDY GROUPS LISTED DIRECTLY BELOW - CONTACT THE STUDY GROUP VPs TO PARTICIPATE.


A complete list of Groups can be found on our website along with extensive general information.

(click here for study group grid)

Study Group VPs are:

ALVIRA KLAIN - Portfolio A - etty10@hotmail.com
(click here to send email directly to ALVIRA)
FLORENCE PRUSHAN - Portfolio B - florenceprushan@me.com
(click here to send email directly to FLORENCE)
Frona DeCovnick - Portfolio C - kidzathart@aol.com
(click here to send email directly to Frona)

At this time, groups are meeting in person, "Zooming", and a combination of both!

Brandeis Study Groups and Programs


FEATURED STUDY GROUP:

Current Event Newsroom
Current Event Newsroom: Ladies Current Event Group - 3rd Monday, 9:45 am. This diverse group of women, one of the original Conejo Valley Chapter's Study Groups, is looking for members to discuss modern problems. Members, most who have joined in the last 5 years, are encouraged to bring information from many different sources for stimulating discussions.
Contact Frona DeCovnick: kidzathart@aol.com if you would like to be part of this group!


Groups in Planning Stages are in Red

Contact: Alvira Klain etty10@hotmail.com

Museum, Art & Photography:
A new group proposed for Museum and Art lovers, for both men and women. Open to all Discussions, tours

Contact: Florence Prushan florenceprushan@me.com

New Men's Book group - Historical Fiction or Nonfiction:,
Books discussed are to be well written award winning books selected by consensus. 3 more members needed. Paul Fisher will be taking the leadership role.

Men's Talmud Topics Today: this group is open for men and woman. Men's Talmud Topics Today - A discussion group focusing on selected topics from the wisdom and teachings of the Jewish sages about human nature and everyday life. Discussion could conjoin critical thinking, personal opinions about morality and the practical application of those ancient teachings in the 21st century. Interested members do not need to have prior knowledge of the Talmud, be Jewish or have any religion to participate. Paul Solomon has offered to be the leader.

Contact: Frona DeCovnick kidzathart@aol.com

Critical Thinking Study Group to be led by Frank Phillips. Not your usual hot topic discussions - in depth explorations from a variety of perspectives. Open to all!

Contact: VP Rosemary Rubin rrubin@socal.rr.com

French Conversation - speak and discuss topics in French

Couples Movie Group

Men's Current Events - Solve World Problems * please consider News
Let's Talk SportsLet's Talk Sports: Watch, lecture, discuss TBD by the group

STUDY GROUPS THAT CURRENTLY HAVE OPENINGS

For groups listed below, please contact each VP

(click here to send email directly to Alvira) etty10@hotmail.com
Study Groups with Available Space - Portfolio A: *Contact: Alvira Klain: etty10@gmail.com

Knosh and Knowledge: - lunch and learn group for women. Need more members. 4th Tuesday of the month at 11:30 AM.
Advances in Science 2nd Wednesday 1:00 pm ZOOM - Men's Discussion Group
This exciting Men's discussion group meeting on Zoom the second Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm. Members either present a topic or arrange for a guest to address an advance in science topic. Past discussions have included space exploration, GMOs, AI, gene therapy, aquaculture, and 3D Medical imaging. The group is looking to increase in size by 5 members!
Weekenders: Couples On the Town - meets every 2nd Saturday.
Trekkies: New man on the town - 3rd Thursday, looking for more members.
Men on the Town Group 3rd Thursday. This new Men's Study Group is meeting on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Members visit stimulating venues as well as enjoy lunch.
Finance: - NEW GROUP JUST FORMED. They are meeting 4th Wednesday of each month and would love to add more members!
Financial risks discussed may include rising inflation, fluctuating interest rates, stock market volatility, and performance of retirement plans. Public policy risks could include the possibility of higher taxes and reduced benefits from Medicare and Social Security. Guest speakers.

(click here to send email directly to Florence Prushan) florenceprushan@me.com
Study Groups with Available Space - Portfolio B: *Contact: Florence Prushan: florenceprushan@me.com

Tuesday Afternoon Readers: Women's Book Club, members make book selections meets 2nd Tuesday at 11:30 am
Notable Women: Women's discussion group on 2nd Monday 10:30 am
Let's Talk: 2nd Wednesday 10:30 am Women's Discussion Group
Bits n Pieces: Women's potpourri group 3rd Thursday 10am
Shabbatniks: 3rd Friday Night - Open to all, singles and couples as they celebrate Shabbat together
Time Travelers: Women's historical fiction book club - 2nd Tuesday at 3:30 pm
Talmud & Current Events: Women's Discussion group led by Rabbi Lisam, meets every 1st Wednesday 1:00 pm. on Zoom.

(click here to send email directly to Frona DeCovnick) kidzathart@aol.com
Study Groups with Available Space - Portfolio C: *Contact: Frona DeCovnick: kidzathart@aol.com

Current Events Mavens: Men's Current Events10 AM, 2nd Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
Current Chicks: Women's Current Events Group 4th Wed. 10:30 am
News Junkies: Men's Current Events group 4th Friday at 10 am
Hang 'Em All: Legal Puzzler group 4th Thursday, 4pm
Women in the Know: Women's Current Event group 2nd Tuesday 1:00 pm
Current Event Newsroom: 3rd Monday at 9:45 - Women's Current Events Group
Critical Thinking Study Group
to be led by Frank Phillips. Not your usual hot topic discussions - in depth explorations from a variety of perspectives. Open to all!

(click here to send email directly to Rosemary Rubin) rrubin@socal.rr.com
VP Study Groups - Rosemary Rubin - rrubin@socal.rr.com - (San Fernando valley)

World Affairs: 2nd Monday 10 am. Discussion on topics from "The Great Decision Book"
I Love A Mystery: 2nd Friday, 10:00 am. Women's Book Club
Great Dame Divas: 2nd Monday, Noon. ladies luncheon group at various restaurants.
Couples on the Town: 4th Sunday, times varies


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

CLICK HERE FOR FULL Study Group Schedule


Social Justice Focus

No Cost for these events, just your helping hands and a smile!

Operation Gratitude proudly delivers Care Packages to deployed troops, first responders, military families, recruit graduates, veterans, wounded heroes, will be coming soon! Check our web site for next date!
VA Facility 9409 Owensmouth Ave Chatsworth

Social Justice VP CONTACT:

Iris Antell irisflower4@gmail.com

Rosanne Lieban Rosannelieban@gmail.com



THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

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.

and DO NOT FORGET to RSVP.
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.

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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 BNC Annual Membership Dues


REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE ANY STUDY GROUP QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS, JUST CONTACT ONE OF THE THREE OF US AND WE WILL HELP YOU.

Alvira Klain: etty10@hotmail.com
Florence Prushan: florenceprushan@me.com
Frona DeCovnick: kidzathart@aol.com

Contact for Tribute Cards:
Barbara Peifer - barbsgr88@aol.com


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)



Updates and Photos from various Study Groups:



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Gadabauts Couples on th eTown in Ventura County Meseum - March 2024.

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Our Study Group "Acting Out" had an Academy Award Party. They had their picture taken on the RED CARPET. Then they filled out a ballot.

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Divas2 visiting Simi Valley Police department - January 2024

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Divas2 on the town grop at Max Factor museum July, 2023.

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The Let's Go study group at "Operation Gratitude", volunteering our time to stuff bears for the children of deployed Military Service personnel. Co-President, Penny Greenblatt was stuffing bears also! (January 2024)

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Divas2 HAMMER MUSEUM
Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living - October 2023

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Fun Seekers - on the town study group
visiting the Realization Center on June 4, 2023.
Gentlemen in orange was the monk that was showing us around.

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Men On The Town visiting the Joel McCrena Rance on June, 2023.

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Thank you
GROUP LEADERS for everything you do!
ICE-CREAM SOCIAL - October 2022

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MenOnTheTown
at "Guide Dogs of America" in Sylmar today followed by lunch at the Bear Pit. Everyone was impressed by this facility and the fantastic work that they do.

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LETS GO - Dodger Stadium - 2023

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Let's Go On The Town study group
enjoying a perfect August day in Malibu at the Getty Villa.Lunch after our tour at Ollo - Malibu. Sunshine, blue skies - a fabulous group of women and our Co-President - Penny Greenblatt. Fun fun fun!!

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DIVAS2 - 1st outing
San Antonio Winery - 2023

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On the Town Couples - "Gadabauts"
Camarillo Air Museum

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On the Town - Couples - "Gadabauts"
Operation Air Force! CFA - February 2023


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Hot Mamma Mahjers Study Group2022

Game Study Group 2022

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On the Town - "Let's Go"
Operation Gratitude - Stuffing Bears for children!
A wonderful charity that provides bears for children of military personnel who are deployed, and they also provide lots of essential things for the military and homeless.
Leader, Rickey Harris rickey.f.harris@sbcglobal.net

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On the Town - "Let's Go" - Operation Gratitude - Stuffing Bears for children!
On the Town - "Let's Go" study group is volunteering their time to stuffed bears for the kids.
Group leader,
Rickey Harris rickey.f.harris@sbcglobal.net

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Funseekers
A Study Group to Pique Your Interest!
This is the Funseekers Study Group. In October 2022, we went to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. We had a terrific time. So much to see. We ended our day by going to Canters Deli for lunch.
Our fearless leader is
Howard Brown hmicbrn923@gmail.com

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Men On-the-Town - having a lot of fun! - July 2022
Good time had at the LA Auto Show by the Brandeis Conejo Valley Men On-the-Town
with our Fearless leader,
Kenneth E. Wolf 1oldlobo@gmail.com

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Let's Go
Our On the Town Group
Our On the Town Group - Let's Go - enjoying a beautiful day visiting Virginia Robinson's Garden in Beverly Hills on Nov. 1st.
Brunch at " Not Just Waffles" in Encino.
For more information please contact our leader,
Rickey Harris rickey.f.harris@sbcglobal.net

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Just4Fun - having a lot of fun! - July 2022
Just 4 Fun had a great day making veggie platters and then having a great lunch.
Thanks to Jo Greene for setting us up. We are looking for new members so come join us every 4th Wednesday.
Please contact our leader,
Nancy Tanowitz nancytanowitz@yahoo.com

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Funseekers
A Study Group to Pique Your Interest!
Fun Seekers at the Huntington museum and gardens. April 04, 2022 - our first outing in three years. We had a great time.
For more information please contact our leader,
Howard Brown hmicbrn923@gmail.com

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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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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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Daytime Trotters and fireman
July 2019

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Women Behind The Presidents
August 2019

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Daytime Divas at Braille Institute
June 2019

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Shabatnikcs 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