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The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County

Today is    Updated 8-17-16

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: 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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Folk Fridays -- Events This Month -- Calendar-- Last Year's Programs -- Current Newsletter

 

 

 

Sept 11, 2015

Morris Silver

Islam

 

 

 

 

Check out Advocates for Children and New Jersey


This Week's Sunday Morning Program

Social Action Committee Meeting


 

 

 

3-12-16 We celebrated Betty Levin's 90th birthday!
Images above: Left, Jim White congratulates Betty; Right: Betty listening to her granddaughter, Stephanie Rudolph

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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.

 


 

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Next Social Action Committee meeting
immediately after the program Sunday, September 11, 2016

Minutes of the last Social Action Committee Meeting

 

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Local Hero Award

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.

 

 

 
 

Joys and Sorrows in Our Community

 

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   

Calendar  

Member Memorials

Peace Center Page!

 

 

We're in the News!

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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.

 

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

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May 2016

 

May 8, 9 am: Tai Chi Chuan with Richard Mullen at Grove Park in South Orange (corner of South Orange Avenue and Grove Street)

 


 

 

May 10, 11 am: Chair Yoga

 


 

 

 

May 11, 3 pm: ECSEC Executive Board Meeting

 

 


 

 

May 13, 2016, 7:30 pm: Folk Friday

 

Folk Friday at Ethical

Sing-along & jam

Second Fridays of month (October - June)

Ethical Culture Society

516 Prospect St

Maplewood, NJ 07040

7:30 PM - 9 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

Everyone is invited!

 


 

May 14, 2-5 pm: Book Launch for E. Betty Levin’s memoir, “Becoming Betty,” at 117 Sagamore Rd., Millburn. There will be catered refreshments and folk singing. Hopefully the azaleas will be in full bloom. Important: We are limited to 50 guests. RSVP: 973-763-1033 (please leave your phone number if you are leaving a message).

 


 

 

Through June 30, 2016: Barbara Krales Cotler exhibit featuring landscapes, seascapes, and abstracts.

 


 

May 22: Local Hero Award to Widney Brown! Learn more here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Leader's Page

Social Action Committee Minutes

Links to Other Ethical Societies Around the Nation!

Article on Women in Ethical Culture

VIMEOS!!
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

 

 

 

 

 



Information about Ill and Recovering Members

Interested in Joining our Society?

Call Barbara Cotler 973-762-5287

 


Small weddings, Bar and Bat mitzvahs,
Graduation parties, etc.  Call 973-763-1905

 

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Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, call 973-763-1905
The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040

 

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