B'nai Israel Learning

Create your Ethical Will, Instructor: Rabbi Paul Citrin


Cost: $40 for CBI members. $60 for members of the community. Register by contacting the CBI office at office@bnaiisrael-nm.org or 505 266-0155. Deadline to register by 12pm, Monday, May 4th. A minimum of 5 participants is required for the class to go forward.

    Most people take prudent care to have a will and a trust drawn up long before it would be needed. Why do we not take the same mindful approach when it comes to passing on our most cherished values and the wisdom we have harvested in our lives? Jewish tradition provides for handing down our values and views through the writing of an ethical will by individuals. In this class, we will study Jewish ethical wills from the Bible, the Middle Ages and modern times. Then we will spend several sessions creating our personal ethical wills. Rabbi Citrin will guide you in your writing effort. No previous experience is necessary. If you are looking for a path of reflection and writing, this is the course for you.


Rabbi Paul J. Citrin, a native of Los Angeles and a third generation Californian, was ordained by the Hebrew Union College in 1973. He formerly served as Rabbi of Congregation Albert and has had a distinguished rabbinic career in the pulpit. He is married to Susan Morrison Citrin. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Rabbi Citrin, retired in Albuquerque, continues to teach adults at a variety of venues in New Mexico. Rabbi Citrin is a member of Congregation B’nai Israel. 

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