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Writing Your Ethical Will

This course was offered in Fall, 2012.

BJB Is it as important to pass on your values as it is to pass on your possessions? Writing an ethical will is an opportunity to organize your thoughts on topics such as honesty, kindness, and charity, and share them with your children. The document gives insights into the heart and soul of the writer, permanently passing on parents’ values and describing how they wish those values continued, “dor l' dor” from generation to generation.

Learn to write an ethical will and have the peace of mind that you will be leaving your children a spiritual, ethical, and moral legacy. For interfaith couples, an ethical will is wonderful way to give your children a clear message of your shared values.

The ethical will has its roots in the Torah. "For I have singled him out, that he may instruct his children and his household after him to keep the way of Adonai by doing what is just and right, in order that Adonai may bring about for Abraham what Adonai has promised him." (Genesis 18:19).

We will take an evening to look at ethical wills from the Middle Ages to modern times. Students will each write an ethical will in the second meeting, and have the opportunity to share them in the final session.


# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesdays, October 24 - November 14 (no class 10/31)
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 24 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed Lehrhaus Rabbi Steven Chester
Nov 07 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed Lehrhaus Rabbi Steven Chester
Nov 14 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed Lehrhaus Rabbi Steven Chester


Lehrhaus Judaica

828 San Pablo Ave.

Suite 105

Albany, CA 94706



Rabbi Steven Chester

Rabbi Steven ChesterRabbi Steven Chester is a Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Sinai in Oakland. He received a B.A. in History from UCLA, a B.H.L. from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, a M.H.L. from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, and an honorary doctorate from HUC in 1996.