Josephine Goldmark

Ethical Heroes: The Goldmark Sisters

To celebrate Women’s History Month, and in one of her periodic “ethical heroes” talks, our Society Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will introduce you to some sisters who are not very well-known, but whose lives include some inspiring lessons for us to learn from.

Dr. Jakob Joseph Goldmark and Regina Wehle came to America after the failure of the Austrian Revolution of 1848.  Among their children were four daughters who each made a mark on society:

  • Helen Goldmark Adler, who was not just the wife of Felix Adler (founder of the first Ethical Culture Society) but did her own work on child development;
  • Alice Goldmark Brandeis, married to the jurist Louis Brandeis, who herself worked for often-controversial social reforms;
  • Pauline Goldmark, an early social researcher and activist on behalf of women workers; and
  • Josephine Goldmark, who worked against child labor and for the minimum wage.

Josephine and Pauline were also key in developing the so-called Brandeis brief for their brother-in-law, used in the landmark Supreme Court decision Muller v. Oregon. (A brother, Henry C. Goldmark, was the engineer who designed the locks for the Panama Canal.)

Come hear more about these sisters and consider how their interconnections with many others helped to create some key social reforms in American history.

March theme: Balance.  What does it mean to be a person of balance?  What does it mean to be a community of balance?

11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another.  We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!

Music by Lindsey Wilson.


Mar 25 2018


America/New York
11:00 am
Meeting House


Meeting House
4450 Fieldston Road, The Bronx, NY 10471


  • Jone Johnson Lewis
    Jone Johnson Lewis

    Jone Johnson Lewis serves the Society as Leader (clergyperson). She has been an Ethical Culture Leader since 1991, and has been at Riverdale-Yonkers since 2015. She speaks at the Society once or twice a month, bringing together current issues, personal challenges, and ethical ideas.


The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture is located near the Fieldston Ethical Culture School campus in the Bronx. Click for a map to find directions:

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