In late October of 2020, NYSEC members Janet and Howard Rose began a food insecurity initiative. Acting on behalf of the Ethical Action Committee and honoring the Ethical Culture tenet of deed, it was a simple concept that grew enormously, building by building, to ultimately a collection of over five tons of food. Join Janet and Howard as they share this incredible journey. Learn about all of the participants – from the volunteers who organized their buildings, to the managers who ran months long drives. Share the enthusiasm of students who set up a pantry in their East Harlem high school and finally, the food pantry organizations who received the desperately needed donations.
Sunday Platform is our most important and long-standing community event. These gatherings educate, stimulate personal growth, inspire reflection and action, and strengthen our community. Sunday meetings usually begin with music, followed by greetings and a talk given by a Society Leader, member, or guest. Platforms cover a variety of topics that reflect current events, pressing social issues, and Ethical Culture philosophy. A collection basket is passed and money is shared between the Society and a charity selected for that day. While contributions are always appreciated, Sunday meetings are free and open to the public. Each Sunday meeting is followed by a luncheon and social hour.