Brandeis Conejo 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 updates:

Check whats happening with our Study Groups!

First we want to thank you for being so prompt getting in your annual study group fee. We really do appreciate it. The next thing we need to discuss is RSVP. The hostess who is setting up the chairs and buying the pastries needs to know how many members to expect. It just takes a minute to hit the return arrow and send your answer. And if you need to change your plans, she will be just as pleased to get your correction. You are not writing it in stone! While we are being nice to our members, we would like to encourage you to pick a Sunshine Chair for your study group. Have each member contribute a small amount and the Chair will send a card for good news and bad. It makes a big difference to be remembered.

Now on to the important thing: Study Group News.

Please contact: Bev Sklar at if you are interested in the following groups:

~~ If you are interested in joining an "investment group". We already have some members starting on their way to making a fortune, so be part of the crowd to the bank.
~~Bev is also planning a daytime "Ethnic Dining Group". Join everyone for lunch at a different restaurant for exotic cuisine right here in the neighborhood.
~~A few people have expressed an interest in reading and discussing "Homer". It is a completely different read than it was when we were in school. Contact Bev about the new group forming.

Please contact: Honey Bencomo at if you are interested in the following groups:

~~This will be the year of The Constitution. Honey already has several people interested in forming a group to better understand The Constitution and our present government. Get in touch with her to be added to the list.
~~The other part of our government that will be discussed this year is the Supreme Court. If you would like to discuss its formation, the justices, and some important cases, contact Ellie Puls at

We do have some groups that would like to add members to their list. Here are some that really are enjoyable and you should look into, Health and Happiness, Canasta Club, and Women in Transition. Both are very informative and have a great group of members. There are always Book Clubs, Movie Groups, Current Events, and On the Town Groups that are just waiting for you to ask for them. Contact one of us and we will point you in the right direction.

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 to start a new group(pdf. format)

Thank you,

  Your Study Group Vice Presidents:

         Ellie Puls
         Honey Bencomo
         Beverly Sklar

Study Group Schedule - 2017

Updates and Photos from various Study Groups:

Just 4 Fun Girls visiting Culinary School.

August 2017

"Knosh and Knowledge"
Knosh & Knowledge Luncheon - June 27th, 2017
The CHP “Age Well Drive Smart” presentation was very well received this past Tuesday by 24 luncheon guests. The CHP volunteer presenters were Stu Olesker, my husband, and Harry Peck. The CHP Public Information officers were Leland Tang, who answered the many questions that everyone had, and Wes Haven.
On the left is a picture of Linda and me receiving the Certificate of Participation and a copy of the certificate.

Jackie Olesker
Lantern Masters, Inc.
Fritz Coleman, weather broadcaster,
presenting at Brandeis "Dine and Discover" group at Rustico's restaurant.

June 2017

Divas at 'For The Troops'
This becomes a tradition!

4 years in a row our study group "Day Time Divas" dedicates a day to make care packages for our troops.

These small contributions to our men and women who served and protect our country every day make everyone feel uplifted and this outing always gets the most attendance.

Every year we get letters from the organization with thank you notes from our soldiers serving all over the world.

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

Divas on the tour of Van Nuys Airport (click on the pictures to enlarge)