Chair: Elinore Kaplan
We work on the public presentation of Ethical NYC—communication within and beyond — with the aim of creating greater awareness of the Society among members, potential members, and the public through clear and consistent messaging, branding and publicizing of our programs, events, members, aims, and accomplishments. This includes coordinating communication in the areas of public relations, advertising, print, audio/video, social media, and the website, as well as between and among Ethical committees and staff.
Ethical Action Committee
Co-Chairs: Carol Van Deusen and Steve Serling
Our purpose is to engage members and others in actions that will help to eradicate injustice in our city, state, country and world — with the aim of making the world a safe, secure place where every person everywhere is treated with decency and fairness. We coordinate our efforts with other Societies around the country, and network with neighborhood groups that share our concerns. We enlighten others and ourselves through book discussions, films, seminars, workshops, and lectures. And we participate in direct political action, whether it’s joining groups and marching regarding specific causes, or lobbying City Hall, Albany, or Washington to get needed legislation passed.
Ethical Humanist Award
Community Service Award
Amnesty International NYC
League of Women Voters NYC
Environmental Stewardship Committee
Co-Chairs: Monica Weiss and Vince Brancato
We gather and share information about environmental issues with members and the general public through a variety of formats (Platforms, interviews, films, educational events) promote actions to help bring human activity into harmony with the need to protect the Earth’s natural systems (sustainable practices and policies); and work with NYSEC and in partnership with other individuals and organizations to carry out this mission.
Climate Reality Project-NYC
Food & Water Watch NYC
NYC Grassroots Alliance
Ethical Enrichment Committee
Chair: Janet Rose
We seek to create a wide range of offerings focusing on the mind and spirit. All programs are intended to reflect the philosophy of Ethical Culture. We sponsor programs leading to personal growth and development throughout all of life within the context of a caring and committed community.
Ethical Adventures Subcommittee
We are responsible for organizing outings for members and guests, such as walks, hikes, bike rides, museum visits, and more.
Ethics and the Theater Subcommittee
Chair: Pat Debrovner
We offer our members and guests a stimulating theater experience and, by engaging them in our post-play reading discussions, the opportunity to gain greater insight into the ethical and moral behavior of the characters in our plays. We hope that the Ethics and the Theater experiences can help our participants to build ethical relationships in their personal lives.
Co-Chairs: Scotty Embree and Liz Singer
We are dedicated to increasing the Ethical NYC membership through member recruitment: bringing in new members of all ages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, etc.; and member retention: strengthening the Ethical “community fiber” so that members are motivated to stay on and participate in the Ethical activities. This includes an emphasis on hospitality — helping to make newcomers, new members, and event attendees feel welcome at Ethical, and motivating them to want to learn more about us.
Chairs: Beth Everett and Bob Berger
We keep in touch with members who are homebound or in need of visits and calls to share our concern.
Fund Development Subcommittee
Chair: Sue Bremer
We’re responsible for Member fund-raising development through a variety of revenue sources , including the annual pledge drive, capital project drives, and other fundraising events, endowments, bequests, and donations.
Sunday Programs Committee
Chair: Monica Weiss
We organize and monitor all Society activities that take place on Sundays. This begins with early-morning activities, includes social hour and lunch, and afternoon programs. We select outside speakers, coordinate music and choose shared charities for the platform meetings, plan the flow of the platform, and organize greeters and presiders; also coordinating with the leaders in planning intergenerational festivals and celebrations.
Youth and Family Programs Subcommittee
Chair: Anita Rao
We help organize Young Ethical Explorers, the Society’s Humanist Sunday school, along with our Teen Leadership and parenting programs.