We celebrate our diverse families and each child in our Sunday school. Families of all backgrounds, particularly those with mixed religious heritage, trust Ethical Culture to provide a caring community in which children up to age 14 can learn to find answers to the most important questions in life.
Society members teaching in our Sunday School use age appropriate curricula to help children understand themselves, their relationships to others around them and the world they live in. Kids make friends and have fun as they gradually develop their own sense of morality and their own humanistic ideals. Read more about Sunday School.
Dr. Chuman has been the leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, NJ since 1974.
Activist and Community Organizer
As an activist, Dr. Chuman has worked on behalf of human rights, civil liberties and in opposition to the death penalty, as well as many other progressive causes. He has recently initiated a sanctuary program for asylum seekers detained at the Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, NJ.
Dr Chuman teaches Human Rights at the graduate level at Columbia University, and has taught at the United Nations University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. He has published numerous articles in the Record of Bergen County, New Jersey. He has also had articles published in The New York Times, The Humanist, Free Inquiry, Humanistic Judaism and other periodicals. He has had articles published on Ethical Culture and religion in several encyclopedias.
It is not often that an Ethical Culturist publishes a book directed primarily at an Ethical Culture audience. Speaking of Ethics by leader, Joe Chuman, does precisely that.... Read more about Joe's book...
Ethical Culture’s 1980 Statement of Purpose: Its Antecedents and How To Describe What We Are Today At first it may seem odd to devote a platform discussion to Ethical Culture’s Statement of Purpose. Every week we find the four, pithy paragraphs on the back of our Sunday Meeting brochure. In ad[...]
Ethical Culture holds that all people have inherent worth, regardless of their background, station in life or contribution to society. This means, at a minimum, that we not violate others or ourselves. Non-violation is not enough, however. Ethical Culture teaches that we must act in a positive way t[...]
See our Adult Ed page for the full line up of classes, groups, gatherings, and fun. Please join us! Everyone is invited.
Game night! 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month, 7:30 pm Host Paulo Ribeiro will guide you in a fun evening of tabletop game play, focused on cooperative, semi-cooperative and team-based strategic game mechanics. Ethical Book Club3rd Sunday of the month, 3 pm We begin with nonfiction (though we am open to fiction) by reading the Sixth Extinction. Job ClubSundays, 6 pm Facilitator Anne Wallman provides guidance for people who are currently unemployed or under-employed and are actively seeking full-time employment. Financial Wellness1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:30 pm Facilitator Cyrus Collier leads a discussion group centered around all aspects of personal finance. All ages are welcome, but the discussion targets the personal finance concerns of people under age 40. Contemplative Humanism Group First, third, and fifth Weds, 7:30 – 9:00 PM Facilitator Dwight Panozzo leads the group through lightly guided meditation, a little Hatha Yoga and mindful discussion.