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From the UN: Update on Water and Sanitation

By Dr. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Dr. Reba Goodman Amazingly, more people in the world have cell phones than access to a toilet. Inadequate water and sanitation do not make headlines but claim many lives through disease. This is a “silent disaster” with major health consequences. Let’s look at the situation in greater
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Ethical Culture as a Beacon in a Tech World

Janet Glass
The theater is packed. When the curtain goes up, we meet Marjorie, an 86-year-old woman in intimate and flirtatious conversation with a doting, handsome young man. Their dialogue reveals a long marriage complete with a grown daughter. The scene is jarring. How can this be? After a while the audience figures out
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What it Means to be Human

I have devoted my past five platform addresses to the political maelstrom that lies ahead. As powerful as the impulse to speak again about the political circumstances we are in and the dangers we face, I want to temporarily turn away from that theme and devote my February talk to a topic closer to the […]
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Truth in the Era of Trump

In the blink of an eye, Donald Trump has brushed aside all that we cherish: Sophistication, intelligence, nuance, the educated mind, science, logical consistency, the authority of evidence and facts, and at bottom, truth itself. These pillars of civilization, society and humane interaction have been swept to the
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Community Dinner: Now More Than Ever

Janet Glass
The Community Dinner was a lovely event held on December 3, 2016. The theme for the evening was Now More Than Ever. It was co-sponsored by the Finance Committee and Social Affairs, led by Azar Gordon. Finance Chair, Esther Sandrof, presented an amusing slide show inspiring us to renew our commitment to the
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From the UN: The World’s Children: An Update

  By Dr. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Dr. Reba Goodman Children are our future. Our concern with their well-being is basic to our hopes. Every day on TV we see the devastating images of the trauma of war. The barbaric bombing of civilians and hospitals in Aleppo is a nightmare. It is staggering to realize that […]
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A Collision: My Humanist Values and the Election

Janet Glass
By Janet Glass, President of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County Maybe by the time you read this I will have been able to think about something other than the results of the presidential election, its consequences and what it says about the values of many of our fellow citizens. By now you will […]
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Finding Hope, Despite Our Despair After the Election

By Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County With the presidential election decided, I feel like I am in a science-fiction movie having just landed on a desolate, dark planet and bad things are going to happen. But I don’t know what they are. As a result, I am anxious, […]
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Spuyten Duyvil and Jory Nash

This month’s concert, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, is a first for Ethical Brew in two notable ways: We will present a big band in the form of Spuyten Duyvil, a six-piece ensemble of talented players. More important, this is the first Ethical Brew concert to raise awareness of the critical, timely issue of gun
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President’s Column: Is That Yogurt Really Expired?

Janet Glass
By Janet Glass, president of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County November is a favorite month for many of us because everything stops for Thanksgiving. It’s a chance to catch up with family and friends, some at home, others at restaurants, others in rental spaces. Part of the joy is that we come together
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