Adult Ed

The Ethical Culture Society is committed to the ideal of lifelong education. We aim to talk, play and learn from each other.

We provide a wide variety of programs that address all manner of subjects related directly or indirectly to the practice of ethical behavior. It fosters practical approaches to affirming life, increasing knowledge, and improving the quality of human relationships.

To register, or for more information, call 201-836-5187, email

New (Winter/Spring 2017) programs:

Religion, Rights and Violence:  This five-part course will look at five major world religions — Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam –their central doctrines, their values that support human rights and how the religions are used today to foment and justify violence. Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00:  April 25, May 9, May 23, May 30, June 13.

Instructor Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County also teaches seminars on Human Rights and Human Rights and Religion in the Graduate School of Columbia University.


The only thing these four films have in common is that they are small, beautiful, character driven films about real people.  In some sense you’ll probably recognize yourself or people you love – or maybe people you can’t help but love in spite of their flaws.  If you’re looking for action and adventure, these aren’t for you, says host and film aficionado David Bland.

April 21:  YOU CAN COUNT ON ME  (2000)                                         

April 28:  THE STATION AGENT  (2003)

May 5:  THE FITS  (2016)

May 19: THE SOLOIST  (2009)


Welcome David Lewis from this non-profit, non sectarian volunteer organization whose mission is to help people become better educated funeral consumers. Learn about preplanning a funeral and dramatically reducing costs. Sunday, January 29, 12:45  pm.

Ongoing programs:

Being White and Its Hidden Assumptions:  Meets periodically for thoughtful discussion,engaging activities and video clips to raise awareness about this important topic.

Contemplative Humanism Group:  We gather on the first, third, and fifth Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm for lightly guided meditation, Hatha yoga, Qigong and mindful discussion. All levels are welcome in this secular space of being together in silence, careful listening, and thoughtful sharing.

Conversemos (Let’s Talk):  An opportunity for people with at least a basic knowledge of Spanish to immerse themselves in Spanish language and culture; it meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. Facilitator Nieves Garcia Pimienta, born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico, and member of the Ethical Culture Society, has been in constant engagement with the Hispanic population in New Jersey.

Do Tell! Story Night:  Stories are at the core of human interaction . It’s in a story that we reveal ourselves; we give a gift, and have it received; and discover what makes us unique and alike. “Do Tell!” is a place for stories of all kinds.

This “MOTH-like” evening will generally include some small-group interactive storytelling games; some free-form, raise-your-hand storytelling on a common theme; and one or more longer-form personal stories developed for presentation. (Spectators are always welcome, and participation in any activity is at choice). 7:30 – 9:30 pm on the second Friday of the month.

Do Tell!  Story Workshops:  In preparation for the evenings are workshops for people to develop personal stories- 15 minutes or so- about real events that shaped their lives in meaningful ways, led by Bob Gordon, based on his MOTH development training. Bring  an idea for your story and prepare it for possible presentation at an upcoming Do Tell! Story Night.

Job Club:  A group to help anyone who is currently seeking to explore new career opportunities, facilitated by Anne Wallman, certified Career Development Facilitator. Meets on Sunday evenings at 5 pm.

Senior Conversation:   Each of us needs help and/or companionship now and again, and many of us find satisfaction in helping others. If you are a senior or boomer, please join us in developing a vital, caring community. For members only.

Socrates Cafe:  While Socrates Cafe discussions begin with a question that hooks the majority of the group attending, the journey and goal are not to find the answer. So what is the process and how can it be the whetstone for sharpening our inquiring minds?” Meets on the last Monday of the month at 7 pm.

Theater Club:  Enjoy local theater performances. Sign up to receive a regular email announcement of a local production, and then join with other for an afternoon or evening performance, and perhaps lunch or dinner as well. Facilitators Karen Buzzard and Linda Bennett are members of the Ethical Culture Society who enjoy local theater performances.

And for food and conversation:

Men’s Monthly Luncheon Group: Luncheon and conversation on the last Friday of the month at noon.

Women’s Monthly Luncheon Group: Invites members who would enjoy the sociability of time together” for lunch on the last Friday of the month at moderately priced restaurants.

Men’s Dinner Group: Dinner and conversation, meets monthly.

Women’s Dinner Group: Dinner and conversation, meets monthly.


Join us: Unless otherwise noted, programs are open to the public, and meet on weeknights at our meeting house, or after our  Sunday Platform. Refreshments are served. There is often a modest suggested donation.

See selected past Adult Ed classes and events.



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