The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
Recent Events & Snapshots:
Pet Assisted Therapy Platform February 26, 2012-- Photos by Howard GIlman
October 2, 2011
Sunday, January 23 Social Action Committee Meeting, immediately after Platform
Third Saturday Arts Night:
"Evolution of an Artist: A conversation with
Yasmeen Anderson, Photographer "
Date: February 19, 2011
Yasmeen Anderson, Yasmeen Anderson Photography LLC, realized six years ago that photography moved her. Since then, she has studied and nurtured this passion and turned it into a fulltime profession. Her previous professional life as marketing consultant with an MBA in marketing in management comes in handy while networking and building her current business. Yasmeen fills her days with actor, model and corporate headshots, family photos, corporate and private events.
She joins us on February 19th for our 3rd Saturday Arts Night starting at 7 PM to discuss how she turned her passion into a profession. The event presents a conversation with the artist of the evening, serving light refreshments in a salon-style setting in the anterooms of the foyer of the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect St., Maplewood, NJ 07040.
Yasmeen’s work can be viewed at:www.yasmeenphoto.com
To celebrate the 10th anniversary 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, there is an exhibit of the sculpture and collage work of Chakaia Booker.
The Event: “UNTIRING” Tires, Textures and Triumphs!" An exhibition of sculpture by Chakaia Booker.
The Date: January 30 through March 13, 2011. Opening reception January 30, 2011 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
The Location: 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, 1978 Springfield Ave. in Maplewood.
Gallery Hours: Weekends from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
Overview: For its 10th annual Black History Month exhibition 1978 Maplewood Arts Center presents the work of Chakaia Booker, the internationally renown American sculptor and artist. Most recently Ms. Booker exhibited her work at the Visual Arts Center in Summit, NJ and the DeCordova Sculpture Garden and Gallery in Lincoln MA. Chakaia Booker is represented by the Marlborough Gallery in Manhattan.
Information: website, www.1978artscenter.org
Betty Levin invites Peacebuilders to a birthday celebration. She writes, "Having accomplished the rededication of the Peace Site at the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County in September 2010...and having [brought] a peace program to an elementary school in Millburn-Short Hills... AND having achieved my 85th birthday in February 2011, I am having a celebration at my home on Saturday evening, March 12, at 6:00 PM... snow date Sunday, March 13." Betty will provide a roast turkey and cranberry sauce, and asks that guests provide all the additional items. Accommodations are limited, so she asks for quick responses, especially from those who wish to work toward creating peace. Please RSVP to her at 973-763-1033. In lieu of gifts, please make contributions to the Ethical Culture Society or to the Peace Alliance.
November 2010 Events
Friday November 12, Singalong Folk Fridays!
Saturday, November 13, 7:00 PM
“MY TO DO LISZT"
RICHARD ALSTON, pianist
Piano Compositions by Franz Liszt
Concert with Commentary
Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
516 Prospect St.,Maplewood, NJ
Nov 19-20: Eclectic Chaos Art Show and Auction!! See flyer.
On Fri-Sat, Nov 19-20 the 3rd Saturday Arts Night will hold its first -- and hopefully annual -- 50/50 Art Show & Auction to raise money in support of programs for the children of families we serve at Ethical Culture Society of Essex County (ECS). A 50/50 art show and auction divides the proceeds equally between the artists selling their work and the Society, with the Society's share covering the expenses of the event.
Featured artists will include: Yasmeen Anderson, whose photography can be seen at www.yasmeenphoto.com; Karen Bokert, whose work currently hangs at ECS until the show; Eva Bouzard-Hui, whose website
www.bouzardhuiart.com/index.html acquaints you with the range of her
work; Barbara Krates Cotler, whose offering of work will provide a rare opportunity for the public to add some of her pieces to their collections; Liana Francesca, award winning beer journalist and crafter; Teresa Helmkamp, whose crushed paper with polyurethane work (as well as
everything else she does) is part of many NYC area collections; and
Gloria Torrice, whose rich legacy of abstract expressionist textiles
was spawned in her studies at Columbia University, Hans Hoffman School of Painting, and the New School in New York City.
The viewing starts at 2 PM on Friday afternoon, Nov 19th, continues through a wine and cheese tasting party (tickets will be available in advance and at the event) Friday evening starting at 7 PM, then viewing again on Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, with the auction starting at 7 PM that evening. During the viewing periods the items may be purchased for their listed prices and silent bids with deposits may be submitted. Not all items in the art show will be offered for auction.
Members of Jack’s family will be in attendance. Jack Tiner, long time member and dear friend of the Society, passed away on October 6th at the age of 87. We will remember Jack for his enormous generosity in all his work, and his insight and deep knowledge of everything he was engaged in, such as the environment and his love of art. Jack was quiet, but both witty and insightful.The ethical values he always brought to our causes were deeply felt and carried out. He took care of our building and was generous in giving us funds to keep it up. Jack donated his beautiful grand piano we now enjoy. We have missed Jack since he left for his new home in Virginia and we are deeply saddened by his death. Anyone wanting to share some memories about Jack will be welcomed to speak. If you would like to help out please contact Anja Moen or Lisa Novemsky.
Molly Gilman appeared in "The Late Christopher Bean" Nov. 5 - 20th
at the Summit Playhouse in Summit, NJ
Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901
Also see homepage of www.mollygilman.com for details/links, and the gallery for publicity photos.
On Oct. 16, 2010 we gathered for a memorial for our life-long member, Doris Rados. Her daughter, Martha Rados, with her brothers Andy and Henry (see photo) presented a beautiful program in memory of their mother. Many people spoke about their memories of Doris and we ended the program singing together, Blowing in the Wind. We want to thank Doris’s family for the privilege and opportunity to hold her memorial at our Society.
September 26, 2010
Re-Dedication of Our Peace Site
Diane Beeney in Peace Garden
Martha Gallahue Betty Levin Lisa Novemsky
11:00 A.M. Platform with Martha Gallahue, "Peace Building in the Community" and 12:30 PM Ceremony of Rededication led by E. Betty Levin with music by the Solidarity Singers. Community Singing.
February 28, 2010
Meredith Sue Willis, Boe Meyerson, Alice Robinson-Gilman:
The Mountaintop Removal Platform: We All Live Downstream
Peace Day/ Hiroshima Day Observance August 8, 2009
Society President Teri Seuss with Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) and translators
Singers include Rosalie Susman, middle, and Lisa Novemsky, right
Peace Action's Madelyn Hoffman speaks; Hibakusha and translators to left
Bob Bender, Lisa Novemsky, Alice Robinson-Gilman
Group for Peace Day/Hiroshima Observance, August 8, 2009
Singing at Peace Day/Hiroshima Observance, August 8, 2009
Luncheon at Boe's on Saturday, June 27, 2009
The view from Boe's deck...
Left to right, Sylvia Kramer, Mira Stillman, and Terri Seuss twice. Rosalie Sussman and Barbara Cotler in the background.
Lisa Novemsky and Andy Weinberger
Betty Levin Marty Cotler
Solidarity Singers at Ethical on Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday, May 3, 2009
12-28-08 Discussion on Future of Health Care
"Barack Obama" at the Panel Table
Left: Amused audience; Center: "Bob Barr" glares at "John McCain;" and Right: Chris Geissler, Boe Meyerson, Terri Seuss, and Win Thies
New Members Inducted, January 6 & 13, 2008
Barry Zack Chris Geissler Gladys Smith introduced new member Sabri Taha
Joanne Grace Karen Bokert Ed Bokert
Sal Santaniello Award Presented to
Meredith Sue Willis May 19, 2007
Andy Weinberger, Sue Willis
Bob Bender, Boe Meyerson, Gloria Torrice
Tricia Idrobo, Betty Levin, Marty Cotler
Special Singers: Patty Bender, Lisa Novemsky, Rosalie Sussman, Barbara Cotler,
Barbara Heisler Williams, Lorraine Graves, Audrey Rowe
Jack Tiner's 84th Birthday Party
Boe Presenting plaque to Jack
Jack and Pat Thompson Doris Rados, Lisa Novemsky, Frank Manus, and Louisa Lubiak
Barbara Cotler, Seymour Armstrong, Pat's back,Freda Fink-Armstrong, Terri Seuss
At the January 28, 2007Platform, Leader Boe Meyerson presented speaker Matthew LaClair
with the AEU hero award-- Matt came back with an update on November 18, 2007!
New York Times Story on Matthew LaClair
July 16, 2006
Phil Sosis Is Buried in the
Ethical Culture Peace Garden
The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County has a lovely Peace Garden in back of the building with hand made plaques as a memorial to loved ones who are no longer with us. On Sunday, July 16, 2006, the ashes of member Phil Gluck-Sosis were placed in the garden. To learn more about Phil and read some of his poetry, click here.
Below are some photos, courtesy of Phil's stepson Phil Lohman. People include Suzanne Gluck-Sosis, Louisa Gluck, Sonia Gluck, RIchard Sosis, Paul Sosis, Phil Lohman, and the whole clan:
April 1, 2006 Birthday Party for Anita Roberts
Cryan's Restaurant in South Orange.
People below include Anita, Andy Weinberger, Doris Rados, Dick and Nancy Bohn, Marty and Barbara Cotler:
February 25, 2006 Birthday Party for Betty Levin
at Cryan's Restaurant in South Orange
Betty and her family Betty and Gertrude White
Birthday Cake Friends about to sing Happy Birthday
Essex Ethical was rededicated as a Peace Site
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2001. Our Peace Site Garden was dedicated November 10, 2002
We are proud that our Essex Ethical Culture Society was one of the first Peace Sites in the country when it was dedicated 20 years ago. Promoted by Louis Kousins, these sites were intended to be creative, positive ways of establishing a visual, vibrant presence to expand peace work - to avoid nuclear war and preserve the planet for future generations.
With the current proposal to deploy missile defense systems, threatening to unravel a generation of bilateral and multilateral peace-keeping treaties, and plans to introduce nuclearization and weaponization of space, we are now rededicating ourselves as a Peace Site - to raise our own consciousness and to be a public presence as a force for non-violent conflict resolution and nuclear disarmament.
Speakers included: Madelyn Hoffman, NJ Peace Action, Arthur Kinoy, the People's Lawyer, Betty Levin, and Boe Meyerson. We has special music from The Stirling Duo and Gigi Goldstein
Boe Meyerson cutting the ribbon to dedicate the Peace Garden Betty Levin with Memorial Plaques
Members and friends leaving the Peace Site Rededication ceremony
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