Susan FeiferSusan Feifer

Hometown: Massapequa

Member of EHSLI: 39 years

About me: I have been happily married for 39 years to Ken. We have 2 children who grew up attending The Ethical Society and are incredible and productive contributors in their communities. . Our family has expanded to include our son and daughter in law and 3, almost 4, granddaughters. I have a wide circle of friends and family that I am very close with and who fill my life. With both my children educated, married and working, Ken and I are now ripping thru our own bucket list. I have very little to complain about.

My career has been spent in vocational rehabilitation as I believe firmly in the Power of Work in transforming lives. I have a Masters in Social Work and had been the Director of Vocational services at TRI Business and Career for 38 years. I am currently working as a vocational consultant working with individuals with legal and substance abuse

Involvement. My work keeps me aware of how many people are in crisis and struggling

What do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy being busy so I do squeeze a lot in to my days. I love to entertain, cook and have my house full. Both kids live in New Jersey but are usually back home every 2 weeks or we are visiting them. With our lives changing, we are able to take advantage of NYC often. Ken and I love jazz and in addition to seeing a lot of local talent we take a yearly jazz cruise with friends. We also have become fans of river cruises and take a yearly one with friends we have sailed with over the years.

What is your idea of an ideal vacation?

Anything historical. To my family’s dismay, I love to plan and educate myself before any trip and of course, I share it all with them! I need to know the who and why for everything before I experience it. .

What is your favorite quote? Gratitude turns what you have into enough

Who is your role model, hero, or inspiration – and why?

Anne Morrow Lindbergh. She was such a complex woman for her time. I have read every one of her books as well as multiple biographies. I am drawn to her story of how she attempted to reconcile her own reticent personality and personal literary desires with family needs and her marriage to such an enigmatic and difficult man. Her story is also the story of the world at that time–the role of woman and family, the politics of the 30s and 40s. Gift of the Sea is always at my bedside and I re-read it constantly.

Why are you a member of EHSLI?

We joined EHSLI because it merges our commitment to community with our spiritual needs. I believe strongly we are all connected and need to nourish our community circles for everyone’s benefit. I could not imagine being anywhere else.