Phoenix Chapter 

Brandeis Board of Directors - Phoenix

Executive Board
Carol Abrams

Programing Vice Presidents

  Sheila Landau
Jo-Ellen Susman

Leadership Development
Vice President

Judy Levine

Membership Vice Presidents
Leith Baletin
Kathleen Witkin

Study Groups 
Vice Presidents

Merrill Kalman
Sara Leopold
Ronee Siegel

Recording Secretaries

Stephanie Altman

Bruce Galin
Harriet Schwartz

Senior Advisor
Carol Kern


Gladys Simon

Executive Administrators
Arlene Feldman
Iris Wigal

Immediate Past Presidents 
and Nominating Committee

Lori Roth
Marcy Strauss

Members with Portfolio
Book and Author
Sara Leopold
Marcy Strauss

Bookmark Chair
Janis Lipman

Book Fund

Henriette Hasley

Chief Information Officer
Selma Ost  Z"l

Corresponding Secretaries

Dorry Sunenshine
Gail Tenn


Mark Sendrow

Social Justice Chairs

Ellen Kirschenbaum
Dorry Sunenshine

Sustaining the Mind Chair
Carol Kern

Sustaining the Mind Donation Officer

Ronda Kottle

Summer Activities Chair
Nancy Sacks-Goldberg

Financial Secretary
Irene Lubin

Bulletin Editor
Kathleen Witkin

Electronic Communications Officer

Paula Eckstein

Liaison from Sun Lakes

Irene Kestenbaum

Men of Brandeis Liaison
Leith Baletin

Long Range Planning Chair
Sue Karp


Barbara Stern

Members-at-Large of the
Board of Directors

Julie Bronstein
Truda Chick
Joyce Gordon
Annette Kurland
Sue Lawler
Beth Messer
Brina Pepper
Susie Sacks
Phyllis Stone
 Brandeis National Board Members
Past National President
Carol Kern 

Vice President of Membership
Iris Wigal 

National Board Members
Sue Karp
Judith Levine
Iris Wigal

Western Region
Sustaining the Mind Chair
Gladys Simon

Additional Brandeis Sites:
Brandeis National Committee homepage

BNC FaceBook
Become a fan of BNC on FaceBook
Research centers and institutes at Brandeis with a description of ongoing research

Videos of events on campus
 Closer look at items from the Special Collections treasures
Crown Center home page-check out Middle East briefs
New Special Collections Spotlight: Leon Lipschutz Collection of Dreyfusiana and French Judaica



 Brandeis National Committee History

Brandeis University Library

Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Brandeis University is ranked in the top tier of universities in the country. Founded in 1948 and named for the late Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis of the U.S. Supreme Court, it is the only nonsectarian, Jewish-founded university in the country, known for its academic excellence and ideals of social justice. At the same time as Brandeis’ founding, eight women from Boston, all leaders in the community, were asked to help in supporting this new university. They were given the task of building on the collection of 2,000 books in the Library, which was housed in a converted horse stable. The dedication and perseverance of these women, who now called themselves the National Women’s Committee continues today, sixty-one years later, as the Brandeis National Committee. With over 70 chapters nationwide and over 39,000 members, BNC is one of the largest and most successful “friends of a library” organizations in the world. Over the years, we have placed over one million books in the Brandeis libraries, and raised over $100 million for Brandeis University and its libraries, scholarship and research. Brandeis University has become one of the youngest private research universities, with ground-breaking exploration in neurodegenerative and age-related diseases.

Our Phoenix Chapter, all voluntary, founded in 1950, is proud to be a part of this wonderful endeavor. The funds we raise from our events and study groups help to support the development and expansion of Brandeis's Libraries. They are able to purchase books and research journals, restore and preserve books and film, develop information technology, and hire student work assistants. While most of us did not attend Brandeis University or have never visited, we are dedicated supporters to a university that prides itself in bringing together many people of different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.

       Historic Castle on Brandeis University Campus


                   Mission Statement

Brandeis National Committee is an organization committed to providing philanthropic support to Brandeis University, a distinguished liberal arts and research university founded by the American Jewish community. The membership is connected to the University through funds and through activities that reflect the values on which the University was founded: academic excellence, social justice, non-sectarianism, and service to the community.





















































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