M101 | Writing a ‘Legacy Letter’


9:30 - 11:00 am 


6/7, 6/14, 6/21 & 6/28

Four Sessions 


This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program.

This four-session course introduces the concept of “legacy letters” and encourages participants to craft their own legacy document. A legacy letter (sometimes called an “ethical will”) is a written document that allows people to share their life lessons, express their values, and transmit their blessings to future generations. The course includes discussion and brief writing exercises to help participants examine their life histories, explore their values, and capture important insights. It offers advice, encouragement, and a model structure to help participants draft and complete a legacy document that can be shared with family and friends.

"Jay is a mensch, a man of integrity, dignity and compassion. His breadth of experience and the nature of his soul provide a wonderful foundation for guiding others in the self-reflective work necessary to leave a powerful legacy." - Rabbi Judy Shanks


Instructor Jay Sherwin has practiced law, given away money for five different charitable foundations and served as a hospital chaplain. In 2019, he created the Life Reflections Project to educate people about legacy letters, ethical wills and other legacy documents. Jay has extensive experience facilitating online adult learning programs and he has taught this course for OLLI programs nationwide.


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