President

Marching toward change

By Susan Lesh Yes, I marched on January 20. Last year, I felt compelled to march. Like many, I was disoriented by the November 2016 elections and felt that I MUST DO SOMETHING. It was a fantastic experience. I felt a part of an enormous group; it registered in my core that women were standing up […]
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New Year’s Day brunch remembered

By Susan Lesh As I am writing this, the holidays are fast approaching. One of the holiday traditions at Ethical had been a New Year’s Day Brunch. This was begun by the effervescent Beth Greenblatt. I remember, when we were new members, being enthralled by the “lady in purple.” She always wore a smile, had […]
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Holiday traditions

By Susan Lesh (Sung in a cheery voice) It’s the …something… time of year! Something, something…full of good cheer! When I was growing up, we were caught up in the Christmas craziness. Our holiday was centered in the church, with three Christmas Eve services, which we all participated in. We
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Board, Program Council retreat leads to new initiative

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.” Margaret Mead’s famous quote comes to mind as I think about the annual joint Board and Program Council retreat that was held on Oct.14 this year. We gathered at member Heidi Finkelberg’s beautiful Pocono Mountain home and
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Our Building, Oh Long May it Stand

By Susan Lesh I’ve recently been thinking about the importance of having a home. My dad and brother just lived through Hurricane Irma; there was a definite chance that their mobile home would not make it through. Luckily, they lost only a drain pipe; unfortunately, the home next to them lost a roof. They waited
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My Voice, Our Voice

As some of you know, I used to be a professional singer; my bachelor’s degree is in Music Education. Growing up, I was always known as the girl with the loud voice. Not only did I feel accepted when I was in school choruses, I felt special, too. I was selected for solos and received […]
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My path to president of our Ethical Culture Society

By Susan Lesh It started out simply. We had just moved to Teaneck—our first house! Laura and Marvin Mausner gave us a copy of the FOCUS newsletter and we were interested in what this community had to say. We came to a platform where Joe spoke and, again, our impression was positive and we were interested. […]
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In Conclusion

Janet Glass
“Hi, is this Janet? This is David Bland calling for the Nominating Committee of Ethical Culture. Would you consider accepting a nomination for president?” “What?”  I was incredulous. The truth is that three years ago, my attendance at Ethical had been spotty, at best, and knowledge about
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Speaking of Joe Chuman

Janet Glass
Something special is happening at Bergen Ethical. In fact, it happens once a month. I can tell because the seats in our meetinghouse tend to fill up like no other Sunday. It’s the first Sunday of the month, and Dr. Joseph Chuman is addressing the congregation. As president and presider, I’ve watched
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Dear Advice Columnist

Dear Advice Columnist: My late husband and I joined the Ethical Culture Society many years ago. We believed in its mission and felt lucky to discover it. Our children loved the Sunday school.  In our enthusiasm, we took on many different roles. My husband and I took our volunteer responsibilities very seriously
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