Lessons of a Lifetime

Ethical Will Student volunteers

An ethical will is a personal document, prepared as a gift for family and close friends, that details key experiences, beliefs, regrets, goals, advice, and accomplishments garnered over a lifetime. Ethical wills have existed for 3,000 years; they are even mentioned in the Torah. It should be noted that they are not legal documents. The hope and intent of an ethical will is that the people most important to you—in current and future generations—can draw from your wisdom to lead better, more fulfilling lives.

At Charles E. Smith Life Communities, "Lessons of a Lifetime™, the Ethical Will Project of the Hebrew Home" paired residents with student volunteers, who, through conversation, recorded the seniors’ memories and insights. The project was part of our Centennial Celebration in 2010. The Ethical Will Project won national awards.

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Schedule of Volunteer Interviews & Orientations: January to March, 2016

 



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2016. March 29. Friedlander announcementThe Board of Governors and Senior Management of Charles E. Smith Life Communities, along with the generations of residents and families who have benefitted from the vision, commitment, and generosity of Stephen H. Friedlander, join with his family, wife Arlene, children Andy and Jillian, and their spouses and children, in mourning the loss of Steve Friedlander on March 27, 2016. Read more.


 


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