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The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County

Today is    Updated 9-24-17

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
This Week's Sunday Morning Program

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 --
Items of special interest:
Rosalie Sussman in the Movies!
Ann Hoffner/Green Burial

 

 

 

October 1
Audrey Winkler

Jespy House

Social Action Committee Meeting
Immediately after the October 1 Program!
Please Come!

 

 

Diane Beeny's

60th Birthday

ART RETROSPECTIVE!

 


Photo by Florence Weisz

Opening Reception Saturday, September 23, 2017

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Ethical Culture Society
516 Prospect Street
Maplewood, NJ

Vegan and Organic Refreshments will be served!

No presents please, just your presence.

(If you wish to donate to the Ethical Culture Society,

please do--especially toward planting pollinator-friendly plants in the peace garden

 

 

 

 

Back by Popular Demand!



Distinguished Poet Sylvia Kramer to Lead
Poetry Workshop at Ethical Culture Society

 

The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County is sponsoring a Fundraising Poetry Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 7th at 1 pm. Society member Sylvia Kramer, distinguished author, poet, and lecturer, will lead us in this 2nd Workshop in what we hope will be a recurring activity here at the Society. Whether you love writing, or if you’ve never written a line and feel you never will, come and discover your talents in a convivial, fun afternoon.

Requested donation is $10, but everyone is welcome. Participation is limited to 20 people, so please RSVP to the office by phone or email (973-763-1905 or ecsec.nj@gmail.com).

 

Sylvia Kramer conducts poetry workshops at universities, nursing homes, and mental health centers in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. She also practices poetry therapy, presenting programs on many topics, but always centering on human development and life enhancement. She led poetry workshops at Daughters of Israel Geriatric Center for 15 years and wrote The First 75 Years, a history of the nursing home. She presently tutors private clients.

 

 

The Ethical Family Initiative is in the news!

 

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.  

 

 

 

June 11, 2017: Snapshots from the Open House
for Ethical Education Families!
(thanks Jackie Herships!)

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Invitation

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.

 


 

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Next Social Action Committee meeting
immediately after the program Sunday, October 1, 2017

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

 

9-27-16

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   

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.

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

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Monthly Events


 

March 2017

 

Through April 20: Sampling, an exhibit of art by members of Exhibitors’ Co-Op, will be on display at the Ethical Society.

 

 

Events at 1978 Arts Center
Visit the Website &
Visit the Gallery!

 

 

 

Through March 2017: Winter Coat Collection sponsored by the Social Action Committee- Please bring your donations of clean coats, jackets, and sweaters to the collection box in the small sun room off the parlor. These will be distributed through Valley Settlement House.

Through May 2017: The Social Action Committee is collecting cooking oil, olive oil, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies for Syrian refugee families in Elizabeth, NJ. Donations must be unopened, and these are the only things we can accept. Please leave in the collection box in the small sun room off the parlor.

More Collections:

Food BankPlease remember to bring canned or boxed food items for the food pantry box in our front hall. Donations go to the New Jersey Food Bank.

Children’s BooksWe accept children’s books to be donated to the Parenting Center for children of need. Please contact the office at 973-763-1905.

 

April 2017

 

Sundays, 9 am: Tai Chi Chuan with Richard Mullen

 

Tuesdays, 11 am: Chair Yoga

 

Through April 20: Sampling, an exhibit of art by members of Exhibitors’ Co-Op, will be on display at the Ethical Society.

 

 

 

 

Social Action Committee Coat Collection ended for 2017
Through May 2017: The Social Action Committee is collecting cooking oil, olive oil, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies for Syrian refugee families in Elizabeth, NJ. Donations must be unopened, and these are the only things we can accept. Please leave in the collection box in the small sun room off the parlor.

April 9, 9 am: Tai Chi Chuan with Richard Mullen

 

April 9, 12:30 pm: Social Action Committee Meeting (rescheduled from April 2)

April 11, 11 am: Chair Yoga

April 12, 1 pm: ECSEC Executive Board Meeting 

 

April 14, 7:30 pm: Folk Friday

 

April 19, 6 pm: Humanistic Seder conducted by Rob Agree. Potluck dinner and $5 donation. Please RSVP with your name, phone #, number of family members attending and ages of children, and what dish you will contribute: 973-763-1905 or ecsec.nj@gmail.com.

 

Through April 20: Sampling, an exhibit of art by members of Exhibitors’ Co-Op, will be on display at the Ethical Society.

 

April 29, 11 am: State of the Society Get-Together: Please bring lunch for yourself. Coffee and tea will be provided.

 

Through May 2017: The Social Action Committee is collecting cooking oil, olive oil, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies for Syrian refugee families in Elizabeth, NJ. Donations must be unopened, and these are the only things we can accept. Please leave in the collection box in the small sun room off the parlor.

 

 

April 14, 2017

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

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!

 

 

 

 

April 23, 9 am: Tai Chi Chuan with Richard Mullen

 

April 25, 11 am: Chair Yoga

 

Through April 20: Sampling, an exhibit of art by members of Exhibitors’ Co-Op, will be on display at the Ethical Society.

 

April 29, 11 am: State of the Society Get-Together: Please bring lunch for yourself. Coffee and tea will be provided.

 

 

 

 


 

 

MAY

 

May 2, 11 am: Chair Yoga

 

Folk Friday at Ethical

Sing-along & jam

 

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May 12, 2017

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

 

Everyone is invited!

 


 

May 13, 6:30p m: Syrian Dinner Benefit for the Abdul-Aziz Family- $50/person. RSVP: lnovemsky@comcast.net


 

Social Action Committee Meeting 10-1-17


Through June 2017: The Social Action Committee is collecting clean, excellent condition clothing for children: tee shirts, shorts, etc. to be distributed at Valley Settlement House. Please leave these things in the small sun room off the parlor.  

 


JUNE

 

Folk Friday at Ethical

Sing-along & jam

 

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June 9, 2017

Last Folk Friday Till October!

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

 

Everyone is invited!

 

 

 

June 14, 1 pm: ECSEC Executive Board Meeting

 

June 18, 9 am: Tai Chi Chuan with Richard Mullen in Grove Park in South Orange (weather permitting-corner of South Orange Avenue and Grove Street); in case of inclement weather, the session will take place at the ECS.

 

June 20, 11 am: Chair Yoga

 

Through June 2017: Valley Settlement House is collecting clean spring/summer clothing for children. Please leave shorts, tops, baby clothes (clean and in excellent condition) in the collection box in the small sun room off the parlor. Sponsored by the Social Action Committee.

 

 


 

The Leader's Page

Social Action Committee Minute

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

 


 

 

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.

 

Learn More Here

 



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The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
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