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 - June 2018:

Check whats happening with our Study Groups!
Your monthly study group news & updates

Hi Everyone!

The new year begins for the Conejo Valley Chapter on July 1st, so be sure to get your checks for $15.00 to your leader as soon as possible. The checks should be made out to Brandeis University and have the study group name at the bottom left.

And, by the way, don't forget to renew your membership by either mailing in your check to National or online at
Go to and click on "Renew"


Janet Brasler has started a new study group that sounds terrific. It is called "Soulful Strollers" and meets the first Monday of the month from 1:00 to 2:30. It offers an opportunity to walk and chat, exercise and bond. We can ask each other questions such as: what's one aspect of your personality that you want to strengthen? What caused you to giggle recently?
Contact Janet Brasler - (click here to send email directly to Janet)

Ellie Puls has just set the dates for her latest two new study groups. The organizational meeting has been held and the Knitting and Hand Craft group will be meeting at 3:00 on the 4th Thursday of the month. We have openings.

We also have openings for the 4 in 1 group. It is a compilation of 4 popular groups: Women of History, Women of the Bible, President's Wives, and Women's Issues. This group will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the morning and at Ellie's home this month.

Family Finders, a genealogy group, is looking for members and may be able to form a new group. You can help set the time and day. They will teach the basics of how to find your roots. It is really more of a class than an ongoing group.
Contact ELLIE PULS - (click here to send email directly to Ellie)

Sue Geiger wants new members for the movie group called Cinemaddicts. They meet the 2nd Thursday of the month in the afternoon and are a great group.
Contact Sue Geiger - (click here to send email directly to Sue)

Please contact our Study Group Vice Presidents if you are interested or have any questions.

SUE GEIGER - (click here to send email directly to Sue)

ELLIE PULS - (click here to send email directly to Ellie)

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

Contact Renee at 805-374-9660
to order Brent's Cards and Tribute Cards to send to our friends and relatives for happy occasions as well as sad.

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 - 2018

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


On Sat Dec 23,2017 (at the age of 75) I became a Bat Mitzvah, along with 7 other adult women. It was one of the most amazing days of my life and it would not have happened were it not for the Conejo Valley Chapter, of Brandeis National Committee.
In one of our monthly Study Group E-mail blasts I read " Are you interested in learning to read Hebrew?". I have wanted to do this for years and years and years. I tried on my own, and previously went to a class that never continued long enough; and so I was ready to try again. At out first Brandeis class our teacher, Nancy Federman, introduced herself and we learned she teaches adult B'nai Mitzvah classes at her synagogue. Nancy is an amazing teacher, she has the patience of Job and the understanding of how to teach adults. She is a member of our chapter and was willing to take on these 10 men and women who wanted to learn to read Hebrew.
We began by learning our Aleph Bet, then we started to read words and it was really exciting when we read words and phrases that we had been hearing in synagogue for years and years. Then we started tackling the Shabbat prayers and Nancy would explain what the words meant.
Thus, in the fall of 2017, when my synagogue offered an Adult B'nai Mitzvah class I was now ready to give this a try. The others in my Bat Mitzvah class also had learned to read Hebrew in prior synagogue classes or with private lessons so we were all at about the same level; that of first grade readers. And thus began our training to become proficient with our prayers and learn to read from the Torah.
The journey was a joy and the actual day was a highlight of my life and it would not have happened without the Conejo Valley Chapter of Brandeis

Carol Smith

Updates and Photos from various Study Groups:

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Day Time Divas at Santa Susana Train Depot in Simi - February 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

Rene celebrating her 90th Birthday!
March 2018

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Gadabouts - On The Town Couples Study Group
visiting wonderful exhibit "Genghis Khan" at the Regan Library - March 2018

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

The Happy Wanderers
at the Descanso Gardens
April 2018
Knosh & Knowledge
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 - President
Lantern Masters, Inc.

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)