Sylvia SilbergerSylvia Silberger

Hempstead, NY

Member since 2011

I am a mathematics professor at Hofstra. I’ve lived all over the country growing up. I was born in Mississippi and have spent time living in Colorado, various places in southern Idaho, northeastern Pennsylvania, Brazil, and Arizona.  My farther now lives in New Paltz, where I got my undergraduate degree and I think of New Paltz as my hometown now.  However, when I got tenure in 2005 I bought a house in Hempstead and have now been living in this house longer than I have ever lived in any one house before

What do you do in your spare time?

I love to sketch and paint and, of course, read. I could spend an entire day with a good novel. I also enjoy doing yoga and biking. I see plays when I get the opportunity and travel if I have enough spare time. I am the secretary of the board of the Hempstead Community Land Trust and, with the help of EHSLI, I founded a non-profit, Long Island Transportation Alliance (LITA) to advocate for safer and more reliable means of alternative means of transportation on LI (biking and public transit, for example).

What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend? 

Bike, do yoga, read, paint — all those things I like to do in my spare time.  🙂

What is your ideal vacation? 

I love to travel.  I’ve always enjoyed long low-income trips, the types that are long enough and involved enough to change your worldview, somehow, to change your priorities.  For example, traveling through Mexico by train for six weeks is such a trip. I don’t have the time to do things like that anymore, but I used to love those trips when I was younger and if I could find time, I’d still be doing them.

What is your favorite quote? 

There are too many to list — I don’t have an absolute favorite.  I have found that Bertrand Russell (“I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt.  I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.”) and Einstein (“Peace can not be kept by force.  It can only be achieved by understanding.”) speak for me really well, though.  I rarely ever remember the appropriate quote at the appropriate time, but I can go to them for a wise word to say when I need one. Recently I’ve found one from Thomas Paine which is on the bumper sticker for another Ethical Society (Washington?) which I think might love most: “The world is my country, to do good is my religion.”

Why are you a member of EHSLI?

I am a member of EHSLI because it seems to share my values and offers a sense of community independent from some hard-for-me-to-swallow religious doctrine.