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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: email@example.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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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
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.
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.
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
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)
The Calendar of the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County
For More information on individual events, click here.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
Interested in Joining our Society?
Call Barbara Cotler 973-762-5287
Small weddings, Bar and Bat mitzvahs,
Graduation parties, etc. Call 973-763-1905
For more informaton about the
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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Babysitting can be arranged during Program
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Special for Members: By-Laws
Newsletters (In order to read these newsletter, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader. It can be downloaded
free if you click here.)
June - Aug 2006
Becoming a Member?
National Affiliation Discuss Ethical Culture
Article on Grieving
Phil Sosis Memorial
Social Action Committee Snapshots of Activities