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The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
Today is Updated 10-23-16
Ethical Culture is a Humanist Religion--Come and visit!
516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, New Jersey 07040 Phone 973-763-1905 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Trustees: Morris Silver, President; Zia Durrani, Vice-President; Jeanine Rosh, Treasurer;
Esther Barcun; Diane Beeny; Barbara Cotler; Elaine Durbach-Norstein; William Graves; Jaqueline Herships
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
This 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
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October 30, 2016
E. Betty Levin will read from her memoir Becoming Betty at Words Bookstore on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at 2:00 PM.
Betty Levin, peace educator and psychotherapist, was orphaned at birth and raised by her loving Tante Surrel. She later married a genius mathematician in the computer industry. After a difficult 27 years, she broke away and reinvented herself as a psychotherapist, peace educator and social activist. Spanning ninety years, Becoming Betty chronicles the journal of a resilient, creative humanist who lived through the era of the Depression, World War II, and the Feminist Movement.
Betty is a fifty year member of the Essex Ethical Culture Society who has served as president and on the Board of Trustees multiple times. Additionally, she was the founder and Director for ten years of the Society's Creative Arts Workshop, later expanded to include humanistic studies and renamed Educational Center.
Her daughters Janet and Wendy are both graduates of the Ethical Culture Society Sunday School, now renamed the Family Eduction Program. Continuing into the next generation, Janet's two daughters Stephanie and Samantha are fourth generation Ethical Culturists, graduates of the Long Island Society Sunday School. Stephanie works as a public-interest attorney in New York City, having graduated from Haverford and Stanford Law School. Samantha, married this year, is completing medical school at Berkeley.
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 email@example.com. See his obituary here.
October 14, 2016
Folk Friday at Ethical
Sing-along & jam!!
Something new and interesting called Brand New Congress.
Take a look at some Youtube clips explaining it:
Zack Exley and MSNBC.
We Made Stone Soup with Families for Ethical Education on 9-25-16!
The Social Action Committee's 2016 Local Hero Award
was presented May 22, 2016 to Widney Brown
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.
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.
Last year's 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.