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Sunday, January 20 • 10:15am - 11:30am
Ethical Wills as Creative Decision-Making Tools - Examining Jewish Legacy Documents

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Ethical wills are a Jewish tradition dating to the Torah. Early uses included the giving of blessings and the conveyance of moral legacies. Modern versions record family stories, values, hopes, dreams, and wisdom of all kids. History suggests that the writing of ethical wills peaks during times of persecution – forced conversion to Christianity and Islam, eras where Jews were forbidden from bequeathing property, and the Holocaust. Modern research demonstrates that the writers of these legacy documents were on to something remarkable! The creation of an ethical will can help authors achieve a sense of moral clarity in times of difficult decision-making, and create a meaningful gift for friends and future generations. Participants will learn about the history of ethical wills, read sections of historical examples, brainstorm uses for ethical wills in modern life, and have the opportunity to work on the beginnings of their own uniquely-Jewish legacy document.

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Kindra Cooper

Kindra Cooper is an attorney with advanced degrees in bioethics and public administration. She is interested in the use of narrative therapy, including ethical wills and other legacy documents, as decision-making tools for a better life.

Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST