15 2021

Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto. How to be remembered?

7:30PM - 9:00PM  

Jerry Scherer P.O. Box 91006 2901 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON L4J 3E8

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How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

Lesley Simpson PhD

Wednesday 15 December 2021 at 7:30 p.m. ET.


“Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations.” This text from Deuteronomy is on the home page of JGS Toronto. The quotation is from Deuteronomy chapter 32 verse 7. What does it mean to “remember the days of old”? And what does it mean to “consider the years of many generations”? Within Jewish civilizations, we have a tool for such familial remembrance called an ethical will. Lesley Simpson’s research explores these ethical wills as modes of non-material familial legacy and Jewish memory. She will be providing an introduction to these extraordinary letters, what they are, and why people write them. In addition she can answer questions for any JGS members who may want to write their own ethical wills for their children or grandchildren.

Lesley Simpson is a former Canadian journalist who worked as a staff reporter for Canadian daily newspapers and CBC radio. She recently defended her PhD thesis on Jewish ethical wills. While doing her research, she created customized writing workshops for people who wanted to write their own ethical wills. She is working on a non-academic book tentatively titled My Grandfather’s Scissors. In her other writing life, Simpson writes Jewish children’s books (

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The presentation will be recorded. It will be available to JGS Toronto members in the “Members Only” section of the Society website, a few days after the event. It will also be available to non-member registrants for one week after the event in the “Registration” location.

To our guests, consider joining our membership for only $40.00 per year by going to the link or consider a donation by going to the link to assist us in continuing our mission providing a forum for the exchange of genealogical knowledge and information. (Canadians receive a CRA tax receipt.)

Sponsor: Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto

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