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The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County

Today is    Updated 3-18-18



This Week's Sunday Morning Program   

Check out the new Families for Education Facebook Page!


Ethical Culture is a Humanist Religion--Come and visit!

516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, New Jersey 07040  Phone 973-763-1905     Email: ecsec.nj@gmail.com
Board of Trustees: Zia Durrani, President; Jaqueline Herships, Vice-President; Jeanine Rosh, Treasurer;
E. Betty Levin,Secretary; Esther Barcun; Diane Beeny; Elaine Durbach-Norstein; William Graves; Brigit Matzerath; Lisa Novemsky;
Martha Gallahue, Leader Member;   Liz Cunningham, Office Manager; Boe Meyerson, Leader Emerita; Jim White, Leader Emeritus
Office hours Monday through Friday, 8:15 to 9:45 am, Sunday, 9:30 am to 12 pm
The Ethical Culture Society is a religious and educational fellowship that seeks to achieve the ethical life without dogma; to develop the highest values in human relationships in ourselves, our families, and our community; and to elicit the best in others, thereby eliciting the best in ourselves


Ethical Culture Society member Jean Shelby passed away on February 20, 2018.

There will be a memorial service for Jean  on Saturday, March 10th,  at 11 am at the Society building. All are welcome.


   This Year's Program Schedule
Next Social Action Committee Meeting

We're on Facebook --  Twitter too! -- Calendar -- Folk Fridays -- Events This Month
-- Last Year's Programs-- Current Newsletter --

Snapshots of our
Ethical Education Program!


Gathering of Grandnannies!


 Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 pm


Showing of Musician Seymour Bernstein documentary by Ethan Hawke

Followed by Q&A with the legendary Mr. Bernstein himself!!!


March 25, 2018
Amy Blake, Colleen Kattau
Family Ethical Education Program 

Family Ethical Education Program:
How Does My Voice Fit In?


Next Social Action Committee Meeting
After the Program
Sunday, April 8, 2017

Social Action Committee Minutes





Families for Ethical Education Program 12-17-17

(see more here)




Families for Educaton Now Has Its Own Facebook Page! Check it out!

Under Construction: the Family for Ethical Education webpage.

The Ethical Family Initiative is in the news!




Come in and SeeDiane Beeny's

Photo by Florence Weisz

60th Birthday Art Retrospective







We hosted a Green Faith Strategy Session on August 5, 2017

There was a Green Faith strategy session bringing together faith-based communities and the larger community to join in the fight to save the earth. Particpants came from We had people there from St. Andrews church, Prospect Presbyterian, and Morrow Memorial as well as representatives from SOMA Action and a very good turnout from Ethical.  





Social Action Committee Minutes


Recent Photos



5-28-17 Geoff Curtiss and Estrella Sainburg our speakers from Green Faith


5-14-17: Diane Beeney for the Social Action Committee Presents the
2017 Local Hero award to Ingrid S. Hill of the People's Organization for Progress

Betty Levin 4-2-17
Person of the Year Award from Peace Action

(photo Jackie Herships)



Sunday Morning Program April 2, 2017



February 18, 2017 United We Sing



Meredith Sue Willis and Abby Cotler along with Patricia Canning received the Beloved Community Award of the South Orange Civic Organization on Sunday January 8, 2017. Photo by Andy Weinberger.

Martha Gallahue at event with the United Nations Secretary-General to commemorate the Paris Agreement entering into force on 4 November 2016. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shakes Martha Gallahue's hand in Conference Room 8 of the Secretariat Building at the UN, on November 4th during a celebration for the Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement. She was one of 50 civil society guests invited to the event because of her work at the UN raising the urgency of climate change. [UN Photo by Rick Bajornas]


12-18-16 Zia Durrani and Abdul Mubarak-Rowe


                 Sarah Price, Speaker 12-4-16                                  GIft Candles for everyone at the Celebrations platform on 12-11-16


Updates and Information

April 2 speaker Ann Hoffner's website: www.annhoffner.com

For information on Green Burial and her bookThe Natural Burial Cemetery Guide, see www.greenburialnaturally.org

Ann is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greenburialnaturally





Bob Bender Update February 2017



Gloria Torrice lives with her daughter Liana, who reports that Gloria would love visitors (just over in West Orange). Liana is also interested in organizing a brunch or other event that brings folks from Ethical to visit with Gloria.

Please call or text Liana at 973-324-1658.


Friends in the News!

Ethical Culture friend and frequent visitor Affraz Mohammed is one of several Muslim Marine vets profiled by NBC news's Lester Holt. Click to read the article.




Dear Members and Friends,
     We are saddened by the death of Dick Bohn, longtime member of the Ethical Culture Society. Dick passed away October 1, 2016, after a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.  Condolences and shared memories can be sent to Nancy (who is with their daughter in Minneapolis) at dnbohn@comcast.net. See his obituary here.


Joan Mendelson information


Something new and interesting called Brand New Congress.
Take a look at some Youtube clips explaining it:
Zack Exley and MSNBC.


What's Happening This Month at Ethical!
Past Newsletters     
Past Year Program Schedules
Interested in Joining the Ethical Society? Click here!
Dialogue-- the American Ethical Union's Newsletter
AEU Ethical Action Report
Our Society By Laws
Notes about Members, Obituaries, etc,
Minutes of the last Social Action Committee Meeting




Local Hero Award

2017 Local Hero is Ingrid S. Hill
Event is Sunday Morning, May 14, 2017

The Social Action Committee has instituted a program for celebrating Local Heroes. We believe that many people in our communities are doing important, under-appreciated work in social service and social action. Our first honoree, for 2015, was Susan Barry, a long time language arts teacher at Maplewood Middle School who organized a Model UN that is accessible to all types of students. The 2016 Honoree was Widney Brown, of Physicians for Human Rights, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch.

This year we are proud to give the award to Ingrid S. Hill of People's Organization for Progress. Watch for more details.




The Social Action Committee's 2016 Local Hero Award
was presented May 22, 2016 to Widney Brown





Our Local Hero Honoree for 2016 is Widney Brown. We are honoring her leadership at Physicians for Human Rights; her support of our Essex Ethical Culture Society; and her efforts to spread good will and respect for gender differences in her neighborhood. She will be accepting the honor on Sunday, May 22.

Widney Brown is the Director of Programs, New York, for Physicians for Human Rights. She oversees PHR's research, investigations, monitoring and evaluation, documentation, advocacy, and capacity-building projects. Prior to joining PHR, she served as the senior director for international law and policy at Amnesty International's Secretariat in London. She was responsible for Amnesty International's strategic litigation program, standard-setting initiatives, international justice program, advocacy in global and regional intergovernmental settings, and policy development. Before Amnesty International, she worked at Human Rights Watch for nine years during which time she served in a variety of roles, including as deputy program director, where she was responsible for overseeing the work of both regional and thematic programs.

Locally, she has spoken for us at the Ethical Culture Society. She also has, in her own backyard in Maplewood, quietly supported and eased the coming out of young people, and has spread good will to the children who attend a Jewish Day Care Center near her home, explaining gender issues in a way they can understand. We honor her both for her engaged, neighborly presence in our community, and for her work for all of us at the national and international level.



2015 Local Hero was Susan Barry

Susan Barry & Friends 6-7-15

Susan Barry retired from Maplewood Middle School, but is still working on the Model UN Program with the Students there. Learn about their UN trip in April 2016.




Joys and Sorrows in Our Community



Joan Mendelson is at Genesis Healthcare, Maple Glen, Room 300, 1215 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, New Jersey 07410. She is about the same, but enjoys visitors.


Leader Emerita Boe Meyerson is convalescing at  Care One at the Cupola (Room 239) at 100 West Ridgewood Road, Paramus, NJ 07652. Her brother reports that she is getting medical attention and social interaction. 



A memorial service was held for Anja Moen on 
September 26
, 2015 at the Maplewood Club starting at 5:30 pm.
489 Ridgewood Road.

See obituary here




There was a beautiful celebration of the life of Gus Lindquist, on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 3 pm, -- with a program scripted by Gus himself! Read the op-ed piece by Gus   published the day he died, June 18, 2015.


Jerry Kaplan: click on Members.html#jerrykaplan


Current Newsletter

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which can be downloaded free if you click here.)

Upcoming Events at Ethical   


Member Memorials

Peace Center Page!



We're in the News!


Great Ideas from Felix Adler: The Ethical Culture Elevator Pitch??

  Podcast: MarthaGallahue Interviewed by Anselm LeBourne
(go to the bottom of the Somore.org page)


Past Events, News, and Follow-Up to Programs.

The Calendar of the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
For More information on individual events, click here.





Monthly Events





January 2018


Sunday, January 7, 2017 Tai Chi Resumes


Sunday, January 7, 2017
Social Action Committee Meeting Immediately after the Program
  Social Action Committee Minutes

Folk Friday at Ethical

Sing-along & jam


January 12, 2018

Second Fridays of month (October - June)

Ethical Culture Society

516 Prospect St

Maplewood, NJ 07040

7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

lnovemsky@comcast.net   973 763-8293

bring acoustic string and rhythm instruments

join in playing, singing, or listening with us bring some refreshments to share


February 2018


Sunday, February 4, 9 am: Tai Chi Chuan with Richard Mullen

Sunday, February 4, 2017 Social Action Committee Meeting
Immediately after the Program

Social Action Committee Minutes



Tuesday, February 6, 11 am: Chair Yoga


Folk Friday at Ethical

Sing-along & jam


February 9, 2018

Second Fridays of month (October - June)

Ethical Culture Society

516 Prospect St

Maplewood, NJ 07040

7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

lnovemsky@comcast.net   973 763-8293

bring acoustic string and rhythm instruments

join in playing, singing, or listening with us bring some refreshments to share



March 2018



No Social Action Committee Meeting this Month




Folk Friday at Ethical

Sing-along & jam


March 9, 2018

Second Fridays of month (October - June)

Ethical Culture Society

516 Prospect St

Maplewood, NJ 07040

7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

lnovemsky@comcast.net   973 763-8293

bring acoustic string and rhythm instruments

join in playing, singing, or listening with us bring some refreshments to share


Memorial for Jean Shelby
March 10, 2018
11 am

Ethical Culture Society member Jean Shelby passed away on February 20, 2018.

There will be a memorial service for Jean  on Saturday, March 10th,  at 11 am at the Society building.

 All are welcome.


 March 14. 2018

Gathering of GrandNannies!

Gathering for South Orange Maplewood GrandNannies

(Grandparents helping to care for grandchildren)

Let’s get together to socialize and talk about how to welcome

other grand-nannies to our community and to support them.


Where: Ethical Culture

When:  March 14, 2018

7:30 PM 





 Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 pm


Showing of Musician Seymour Bernstein documentary by Ethan Hawke

Followed by Q&A with the legendary Mr. Bernstein himself!!!




April 2018


Sunday April 8, Social Action Committee Meeting -- after Program








The Leader's Page

Social Action Committee Minute

Links to Other Ethical Societies Around the Nation!

Article on Women in Ethical Culture


Vimeo of Betty Levin's September 16 Program
Fred Sebastian Memorial
Meredith Sue Willis Talk on Political Novel
Building a Relationship: ECS & Valley Settlement House




Bob Bender Report --February 2017

Bob writes: "On February 16 I had my second apptmt with oncologist Dr. Bruno Bastos of Cleveland Clinic Florida. At our initial session on January 10, Dr. Bastos touted a forthcoming clinical trial for which I appeared to be eligible, which was projected to begin in mid February, and advised that I defer other treatment- chemotherapy - pending an application for this clinical trial. Yesterday he informed us that while the trial is delayed, he had just signed approval papers for this trial, which might begin in a month – but maybe not. As my cancer so far is limited and has not spread beyond one lung and the fatty tissue between the lung and the heart, and is slow-growing, he advised continuing to wait for this trial. My on-site team – Patty and Nat, who thankfully has been able to arrange to work from Florida – concurred. The good news is that I continue to function, with the only behavioral symptom being erratic energy/fatigue- no pain -and that there's been no further spread. Had my almost-daily swim. So it's a waiting game. More follow-up tests, return visit March 9."



What Bob Bender is working on-- January 2017

Late Palm Beach County Political Activist Matilda “Bobbi” Graff

To be Celebrated on Sunday, January 29, 2017


The life and work of South Florida political activist Matilda “Bobbi” Graff, will be celebrated on Sunday, January 29, 20171 – 5 p.m., at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 15 South J Street, Lake Worth, Florida.  With roots in both South Florida and Michigan, Bobbi dedicated her life to bringing about a peaceful and just world,

Bobbi had been politically active in Detroit in a wide variety of causes, but it was not until moving to Miami that she and her husband Emanuel “Manny” Graff were targeted by the FBI and the KKK for their involvement in South Florida’s civil rights movement. Bobbi was even threatened with a “fate the same as the Rosenbergs" if she did not stop her anti-Jim Crow activities

Following the death of her husband in 1976, Bobbi returned to Florida in the 1980s and, along with Eleanor and Irving Rempell, founded Citizens for Social Responsibility, which she led for the entire life of the organization.  She was also active in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.  She was a volunteer in the Palm Beach County Health Department and worked in a foster care program in the Palm Beach County courts.


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