Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter - Study Groups Update

Study group leaders:
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Please e-mail to Alvira

Study group updates - August 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!

New Technology Study Group: 3rd Thursday of each month 12:30 - 2:30

Have your questions answered about I Phones, Apple Computers, Kindles, IPads?

Interested in playing Pan? We are hoping to create a planning meeting - want to be included?

Soulful Strollers: 1st Monday of each month, 1:00 - 2:30 Come join us as we stroll/bond & ponder a variety of thought provoking questions.

Experienced Mahj players needed as substitutes on Mondays 1:00 - 4:00. Interested?

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

Spaces are available in the following Study Groups:

  • Book Ends - 3rd Monday 21:30PM - meets at Leisure Village in Camarillo and in the Conejo
  • Book Tribes - 1st Monday Noon
  • Literary Potpourri - 1st Tuesday 10:00 AM
  • No Name Book Club (just formed) 2nd Friday at 1:30 PM at the Agoura Library
  • Life and Times 3rd Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00. Each month there is a discussion of a notable woman in history as well as a topic of current and historical interest (DNA testing, Jews of shanghai etc.)
  • Our Views 1st Tuesday 10:30. Each month there is a discussion on a woman's issue chosen by the hostess
  • 4 in 1: 2nd Wed. at 10:30 AM. Each month the facilitator picks a topic out of these four... Women of the bible, Women of History, President's wives, and Women's Issues and arranges to discuss a woman or topic that fits. There is sharing of information from the group as a whole.
  • Knitting: 3rd Thursday at 10:00 AM
  • Roots Pursuit: 4th Wed. at 1:00 PM - Agoura Library. Join the group (men and women) and learn how to research your family roots.

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


Short Story : Have you read Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" or O. Henry’s "The Gift of the Magi" ?This group has 5 interested members including a leader. "Get on the bandwagon" before this group officially forms.

Couples Potpourri: Five couples have shown an interest. Would you like to be an inaugural member of this group?

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

4 ladies are interested in starting a new Women's Current Events Group - here's a great opportunity to join them and design a group to meet your needs!

4 couples want to develop a new COUPLES MOVIE GROUP......we invite you to join them, help structure the group and meet new friends!

Our existing WOMENS LEGAL EAGLES Legal Puzzler group looking for 2-3 new members. Does the 2nd Thursday at 1 pm fit into your schedule?

Contact Jessie Pearlman (click here to send email directly to Jessie)

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: 09-2019

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 at Braille Institute
June 2019

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Daytime Trotters and fireman
July 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

GADABAUT On The Town Couples
At Genghis Khan Exhibit
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Funseekers - visit to the MURPHY auto Museum - April 2019

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DIVAS - The Daytime Divas visiting RBG ,
"The Pop Culture Icon." - March 2019

Rene celebrating her 90th Birthday!
March 2018

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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