Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter - Study Groups Update

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Study group updates -- December 2019:

Check whats happening with our Study Groups!

CLICK HERE FOR COMPREHENSIVE LIST of study groups so you can "shop around". Not all groups have openings, but if you are interested, contact the appropriate Study Group VP and you can be placed on a wait list.


Consider joining in the fun!

What are your needs and interests involving Brandeis Conejo Valley?

Creation and development of small and major events of interest to men?
What would make you interested in bringing your gentlemen friends into BNC Conejo?
Might your special interest be a men's group for bridge? Investments? Legal cases? Life experiences? Opera? Rock? Sports viewing? Walking? Gym rats? Wine or beer or whisky tasting? You name it!
Interested in leadership such as leading a group, serving as Group V.P., serving on a committee or the board?

We have about 170 men in our chapter, about one-fourth the total membership, and we want to hear from you. Join us for a brainstorming session (time and date to be discussed) Interested? Email Paul Fisher at

Exceptional Study Groups for your consideration!

New Groups in the planning stages

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

  • Men's Mahj
  • Men's Chess / Hearts
  • Couples Critical Thinking
  • Ladies Canasta
  • Couples on the Town
  • Couples Games
  • Ladies Instructional Mahj
  • New Ladies on the Town with an Art Focus
  • New Ladies on the Town
Contact Jessie Pearlman (click here to send email directly to Jessie)

Have we got a match for you.......Searching for couples interested in starting a Current Events and/or Movie Group.

Contact: Frona DeCovnick (click here to send email directly to Frona)

Let's Talk - previously 4 in One - 2nd Tuesday beginning January 11th. Coffee and socializing begin at 10:00 followed by a discussion including anything of interest to the women members, except politics! Lunch afterwards. - 818 716 0887 for additional info.

Space in Existing Study Groups

Contact: Frona DeCovnick (click here to send email directly to Frona)

  • Women Behind the Presidents (2nd Thursday at 1:00 pm)
  • Life and Times - Discussion Group: (3rd Tuesday at 10:00 am)
  • Women in Transition 2nd Monday 10:00 am A feminine forum for exchanging ideas and perspectives on issues impacting women and their relationships.
  • Anything Goes - 2nd Thursday 10:00 Ladies discussion group
  • Crafty Needles - Group Projects (3rd Thursday at 2:30 pm)
  • Roots Pursuit - Genealogy (4th Thursday at 1:00 pm)
  • Short Story Book Club (2nd Wednesday at 1:00 pm)
Contact: Janet Brasler (click here to send email directly to Janet)

  • Soulful Strollers - 1st Monday 1:00 pm
  • Art & About - 4th Thursday
  • Just for Fun - 4th Wednesday
Contact Jessie Pearlman (click here to send email directly to Jessie)

  • Women in the Know 2nd Tuesday, 1:00 pm in the Calabasas Library Multipurpose Room - Ladies current event discussions
  • Legal Divas 2nd Monday 10:30 Women's Legal Puzzler group
  • Legal Eagles 2nd Thursday 1:00 Women's Legal Puzzler group
  • Drama Queens - various Fri. nights/Sat./Sun afternoons monthly - depending on the musical, drama, comedy being enjoyed in a variety of locations scattered throughout the greater LA area.

Have a desire to create a specific Study Group? Simple alert us as to what your heart desires!

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


FRONA DeCOVNICK - (click here to send email directly to Frona)

JESSIE PEARLMAN - (click here to send email directly to Jessie)

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)

CLICK HERE FOR FULL Study Group Schedule: 11-2019

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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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

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Day Time Divas
at The Paley center for Arts
July 2018

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Potpourri study group had a blast on our karioke day singing, laughing and keeping the beat - February 2018

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Divas visiting Saint Leon's Armenian Cathedral in Burbank" - April 2018
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