Please upgrade to a newer browser.

The Lehrhaus website works best in modern browsers like Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 4, Google Chrome 10, Safari 3 and newer. If you are not using one of these, you may encounter visual glitches or other problems.

Writing Your Ethical Will

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2014.

BJBAn ethical will is not a legal document and does not distribute material goods. It is a means by which you can share your values, blessings, hopes and dreams for the future of your loved ones.

Ethical wills are not new. References to this tradition are found in Torah (Genesis 18:19) and in other cultures. Ethical wills are written by people of all ages who want to know that their most important thoughts and feelings will be known to their loved ones and succeeding generations. They are usually shared with family while the writer is still alive.

This class is an opportunity to organize your thoughts on topics that mean most to you, such as honesty, kindness, forgiveness, and the life lessons you have learned.

Our teacher is Rabbi Steve Chester, a parent and grandparent himself.


# Sessions
Date & time

Thursdays, February 20 - March 6
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Feb 20 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Temple Sinai Rabbi Steven Chester
Feb 27 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Temple Sinai Rabbi Steven Chester
Mar 06 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Temple Sinai Rabbi Steven Chester


Temple Sinai

2808 Summit Street

Oakland, CA 94609



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.