Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County

Celebrating Community

Society members and friends, about 50 in all, enjoyed fun, games, good food, music, hiking and more during Community Day in Stony Point on Oct. 22, 2017. Photos by Jessie Glass                      
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Preserving the American Idea in our perilous times

By Dr. Joseph Chuman It is often said that unlike most other nations, the United States is founded on an idea. Whereas countries on other continents are grounded in blood and soil, with primary allegiance to clan, tribe, ethnic or religious group, those who come to our shores commit themselves to an implicit
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Our letter of gratitude to climate-change speaker

Oct. 17, 2017 Dear Susan, Thank you for your three wonderful presentations at the request of the folks at the Ethical Culture Society and in collaboration with Greenfaith. We were first privileged to hear you present the information you gleaned from the Al Gore Climate Reality Leadership Corps and from your own
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Extreme weather and climate change

By Drs. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Reba Goodman There is strong scientific consensus that the heavy rainfall, and the power of the storms Harvey and Irma that roared through Houston, Texas, and Florida was caused by climate change. Harvey and Irma would not have been so intense if the air and sea fueling them hadn’t
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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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Universal Health Coverage

By Drs. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Reba Goodman Since its founding in 1948 the World Health Organization (WHO) has promoted universal health coverage. For Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the newly elected Director General of WHO, universal coverage is an ethical issue. In his words: “Do we want our fellow citizens to die
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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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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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Humanism’s Farther Reaches

A former leader of the New York Ethical Society, Jerome Nathanson, often said that in his view Ethical Culture is the most important idea in the world. I often think of that claim when I look at the current state of affairs. Our political moment assaults us with realities that move in a direction opposite […]
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