Member News

Rita Radest, one of our longtime members, dies

A longtime member of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, Rita Radest, died on Aug. 12 at the age of 88. Rita, widow of our Society’s first leader, Dr. Howard Radest, was a longstanding and active member of our community. She was a professional teacher and had served as director of the Society’s
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Tracey Kelley Wins AEU Anna Garlin Spencer Award

The winners of the Anna Garlin Spencer Award for volunteer-of-the-year from the Ethical Societies were recognized at the American Ethical Union’s 101st Assembly in St. Louis, MO, in July 2016.  The winner from Bergen was Tracey Kelley, and the AEU President, Jan Broughton, read the following statement:  
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New Officers For Next Year

A new slate of officers and committee chairs was approved by the Society’s members at the Spring Membership Meeting on Sunday, May 15th. (Their names are listed below.) Many thanks to the Nominating Committee for all their work in putting together the slate. And warm thanks to all the volunteers –
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Ruth’s Piano

This is Ruth Haynes’ piano in its new home. Our home. In her will, she left it to us. This display of her devotion is in keeping with Ruth as a member. After being an active part of our congregation for many decades, she continued to show up. She paid attention. She was upbeat and […]
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Ruth Haynes Remembered; Memorial Date March 13, 2016

Long-standing and devoted member, Ruth Haynes, died on Sunday evening, January 10th. Ruth lived most her life in Bergen County. Having joined our Society in the 1970s,  she became an active and very gregarious member of our community. Ruth was a continuous presence at Sunday platforms and supported the Society
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New Member Interview: Gwenn Levine

Yourself and family: I live in Woodcliff Lake and have two grown sons, Trevor, 48, and Josh, 43.  Trevor lives in Oakland, CA, and is a musician.   Josh is currently backpacking in South America.  I’ve been divorced since I was 32 years old and my kids were age 5 and 10.  Needless to say, […]
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Review of the Evening: Being White and Its Hidden Assumptions

A most unusual conversation took place at the Ethical Culture Society on the evening of December 11, 2015 – a discussion on the awareness of being White. This was attended by 27 thoughtful participants and included two facilitators, Janet Glass and Sarah Glisky. The topic of the evening was planned around
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New Members: The Ferat Family

Rachel (nee Milligan) grew up in Teaneck and graduated from THS. Dan also grew up in Teaneck, but graduated from Dwight Englewood High School, where his father was an art teacher for many years. Rachel and Dan now live in the Radburn section of Fair Lawn with their daughter, Ella, who attends Sunday School, and
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Marlane Bernstein: An Inspiring Life

Long-time member Marlane Bernstein passed away on Sept. 4. The following is an obituary written by her daughter and husband, member Marc Bernstein. We mourn her passing. -Janet Glass Marlane Bernstein died at home in her sleep, her husband, Marc by her side on September 5th 2015. For five years she lived with
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Linda Bennett Takes a Vacation; Most Americans Don’t

One day in August, Linda Bennett, our Administrative Director, said, “Janet, I want you to know that I’ll be on vacation in September for two and a half weeks.” I must admit my heart sank. I thought of Linda, with her diligence and devotion, her detailed knowledge about our members and
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