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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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A Case for Natural Burial

As delivered to the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County on Sunday, April 19, 2009: I believe in natural burial. By natural burial I mean that we stop cutting down trees to make coffins, that we refrain from destroying rock face to make headstones, and that we don’t poison the earth with the formaldehyde in
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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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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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