Bruce & Marcia Brown
...Bruce & Marcia Brown
...Bruce and Marcia Brown met in 1973 while they were both working at Camp Blue Star, a Jewish summer camp in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
The camp was founded by Bruce's father, Ben Popkin, and his
two brothers 55 years ago and is now run by his
cousin."My college room mate knew Bruce from spending summers at Blue Star, and she
told him to 'look out' for me," says Marcia
. "By coincidence, or perhaps not, I was going to the University of Georgia that fall as a graduate student, and Marcia was returning to Athens for her junior year.
One thing led to another, and we got married on February 15, 1976 at the Ahavath- Achim synagogue
in Atlanta, Georgia," explains Bruce.Several years later, Rabbi Jack Moline's cousin became the head rabbi of this very large Conservative synagogue. Camp Blue Star
still means a lot to both of them."This is the place where I 'grew up', met Marcia
, and where both of our boys spent their summers.
was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Special Education.Currently, Marcia is the owner of M/Brown Creative, a freelance graphic design and project management company, but she has also held a number of positions in the graphic design field. Before starting her own business, Marcia worked for 20 years as Director of Graphic Services for the Republican National Committee in Washington.In addition to managing graphic design projects, Marcia planned and directed printing operations for the 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000 Republican National Conventions. Marcia also worked as a production editor for the National Association of Retail Druggists in Washington, D.C., where she wrote, edited, and coordinated production of materials for their monthly magazine and newsletters.While they were living in Mexico, Marcia worked as a visa clerk with the United States Consulate General. Marcia
has been involved in many graphic design projects for Agudas Achim
and Bruce joined the congregation nearly 25 years ago."My biggest contribution would be the artwork for various invitations, brochures, flyers and signs I've done over the years for AAC and Sisterhood
," recalls Marcia
The Brown have two sons, Ben aged 21 and Geoff aged 16.Ben is a third year student at the University of Virginia
has always been active in Jewish youth groups, particularly USY."Ben has attended conventions, held elected office in his
chapter, and traveled to Israel with USY," says Marcia
notes that Ben participates in many Jewish activities at UVA
Geoff is a 10th grader at T.C. Williams High School
in Alexandria where he
is on the Honor Roll and maintains a 4.0 scholastic average.Geoff is also very active in USY.He has attended conventions, serves as an elected officer in his chapter, and does community service.
hopeful that he'll be able to go to Israel next summer with USY also," Marcia
Both Bruce and Marcia
are "boosters" of the T. C. Williams High School
Crew Program, and Bruce is active in local politics through the Alexandria Republican City Committee
When the Browns lived in Guadalajara they belonged to a combination synagogue/JCC, where they met and became friendly with a large number of American Jewish medical students who were studying at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara
.In Montreal they worshipped at Shari Zion, a Conservative synagogue
The Browns joined Agudas Achim Congregation
in the fall of 1978, after returning from a two year tour of duty in Guadalajara."We wanted a Conservative synagogue
close to where we lived, and we have been members since then except for the two years we lived in Montreal, Canada.Both of our sons were Bar Mitzvahed at Agudas
," says Marcia