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Sunday, June 29, 2014 "Ethical Wills-Values Handed Down Through Our Genealogy"

  • 29 Jun 2014
  • 12:30 PM
  • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd, Northbrook, Ill.
Program: Sunday, June 29, 2014
Program starts: 2:00 p.m.
Library and Research starts 12:30 p.m.

"Ethical Wills-Values Handed Down Through Our Genealogy"

"Ethical Wills-Values Handed Down Through Our Genealogy"
will be the topic of Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler’s presentation at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting on Sunday, June 29, 2014. The meeting will be held at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd, Northbrook, Ill., and her presentation will start at 2 p.m.

She will discuss ethical wills in the context of values gained from those who've come before us and the values we want to hand down to descendants.  

“What was your grandfather's work ethic?  How did your great-grandmother give tzedakah?  When we learn about our ancestors,” Rabbi Memis-Foler said, “we can sometimes get a glance not just at what they did, but how they lived.  What values have we preserved in our families?  What ethics do we want to be sure will endure through the next generations?”

She has invited those attending the JGSI meeting to bring their family trees and ancestors' stories to discover what they valued then, what is embraced by the living, and what might last into the future.

The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy websites on the Internet, or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. For more information phone (312) 666-0100.

Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler has been the sole rabbi at Temple Judea Mizpah in Skokie since 2007. Prior to that, she served as associate rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago for five years after having been an assistant/associate rabbi at Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Glenview.

She graduated from Brandeis University and was ordained rabbi in 1993 from the New York campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Her essays have been published in a variety of journals and books including "Beginning the Journey: Toward A Women’s Commentary on Torah" and "Reform Jewish Ethics and the Halakhah."
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