Liberation: Some Jewish Roots of Ethical Culture

*Virtual Event* 

Friday, May 14, 2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

Join us Friday, May 14, 2021 at 7:30 pm for a special presentation by Hugh Taft-Morales on the Jewish roots of Ethical Culture. Felix Adler, the founder of Ethical Culture, drew inspiration from many sources. They included Emerson, Immanuel Kant, and the historical Jesus. The deepest and most consistent source, however, was Judaism. Raised in a culture committed to Reform Judaism, Adler carried into Ethical Culture an appreciation of some lofty goals of family tradition, such as a collective duty to heal a broken world and liberate humanity from oppression. In celebration of liberation, Hugh Taft-Morales explores some of the Jewish and Reform roots of Ethical Culture.


Hugh Taft-Morales serves as Leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society and the Baltimore Ethical Society and is a member of the Ethical Action Committee of the American Ethical Union (AEU).  Hugh taught philosophy and history for twenty-five years in Washington, D. C., after which he transitioned into Ethical Culture Leadership.  In April of 2009 he graduated from the Humanist Institute and was certified as an Ethical Culture Leader by the AEU in 2010.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Taft-Morales graduated with a B.A. cum laude in American History from Yale University, 1979, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, 1986.  He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife, Maureen, a Specialist in Latin America for the Congressional Research Service.  They have three wonderful adult children – Sean, Maya, and Justin. Hugh's hobbies include yoga, singing, and playing guitar.

Anyone interested in attending should contact Ron O'Day at for a link to the event on Zoom.