Arts & Culture

The Society offers arts and culture programs that include film discussion series, writing workshops, art workshops and theater workshops. Some longstanding programs include:

The Joy of Personal Writing Workshops

Try your hand at personal non-fiction in a series of classes led by Ethical member Elaine Berman Gurney. You can belong to a supportive group of writers, some just starting and others more experienced, and learn basic and advanced writing skills. All experience levels are welcome!
2019 Winter Session - 9 weeks
Tuesday Session (Begins January 15), 12:30-2:30pm
Thursday Session (Begins January 17), 6:30-8:30pm
Class fees: Ethical members $150, Non-members $250.
Advance registration is required for the entire term. Please contact Maggie Determann at or 212 874-5210x113 for for class and registration information.
Ethical Outlook Literary Issue - A compilation of writings from students and an introduction by Instructor Elaine Berman Gurney. Visit the Workshop Writers' Space to read pieces by past and present workshop writers.

Great Literature Discussion Group

1st Wednesdays, 7-9pm
Hosted by Gunther Tielemans
Members: Free; Guests: $5 per session

Read the selections in advance, and be prepared to discuss the questions that interest you by referring to the specific related text. Visit to learn more.

Friday Nights at Ethical

Ethics in FilmEthics in Film
1st Fridays, 7-9:15pm, Ceremonial Hall
Monthly film screenings followed by a lively discussion of the ethical issues explored.
$5 donation includes snacks and refreshments (popcorn, beer, coffee, tea).

Ethics and the TheaterEthics and the Theater
2nd Fridays, 7-9:00pm, Ceremonial Hall. Reception at 6:30pm.
Members of the Society and theater professionals read plays dealing with ethical and moral issues before a live audience. Readings are followed by discussions of the ethical issues raised by the play.
Suggested donation: $5 members; $10 public. Includes refreshments.

Jazz Café
3rd Fridays, 7-9:30pm, Ceremonial Hall.
Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to unwind, relax, and enjoy music, refreshments, and good company.
$5 members; $15 public. Includes refreshments.

Some recent reviews by attendees:

“Wonderful! A step back in time.” -D. Berkowitz, Asheville, NC

“Totally delighted the whole evening! Classic intimate place, delightful people, and energy the whole time!” - W. T., Brentwood, New York, NY

“The venue for the music was wonderful. There were round tables complete with table clothes and nice mood lighting. The chandeliers were dimmed and it was a nightclub atmosphere. The music was excellent and then there was an open mike so I got to see a number of talented neighborhood folks get up and do their thing. Some people even felt moved to dance. I loved it!” -G. Walsh, Fair Lawn NJ

Music At The Society

The Society's 800-seat Concert Hall is a favorite of musicans because of its warm, full acoustics.  From classical music at our Sunday meetings played by Music Director David Gracia, to the many music partners who use our space, the Concert Hall is a gem of New York City venues. The Society presents some of its own music programming and also works with other music presenters to bring the best of music to our wonderful venue.

For a complete list of upcoming concerts, visit Metropolitan Presents.