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4.22.15 Issue

by Linda Pollard, Endowment Assistant/Staff Writer, Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation

Dr. Eric Weiner, author of Ethical Wills: Words from the Jewish Heart will be speaking at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. Leaders of Jewish organizations asked Dr. Weiner to write a book with a Jewish perspective after the publication of his book, Words from the Heart: A Practical Guide to Writing an Ethical Will. Dr. Weiner uses the HEART acronym from Words from the Heart, and adds material that is relevant to Jewish wisdom and teachings.

“We all leave a legacy, rich or poor and everyone in between,” according to Dr. Eric Weiner. Wealth is more than just money or real estate, and Dr. Weiner wants his audiences to gain a new way of thinking about the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. Dr. Weiner has studied the differences between families who transfer wealth successfully and families who fail, and believes that ethical wills can help to eliminate the chance of failure.

Dr. Eric Weiner

Dr. Eric Weiner

During his presentation Dr. Weiner will discuss how ethical wills can be used as a tool for promoting conversations in families. The book presents a guide to help readers get started writing their own ethical wills as a way of sharing their beliefs, hopes, spirituality, and past experiences in life with their children, grandchildren, friends or family.

“It was one of the most meaningful gifts I have ever received”, stated Shane Kotok after having received Words from the Heart. According to Shane, “An ethical will is a treasure we can leave for our families that can last for generations.” With Dr. Weiner’s permission, Shane recently used the book in a talk at UNO. Shane went on to say that she was touched and excited by it.

An Omaha native, Dr. Weiner is a consultant, speaker, and therapist. His professional training includes a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kansas State University, and academic appointments at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Michigan State University.

Dr. Weiner’s presentation is open and free of charge to the community. The Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation, Jewish Family Service, the Center for Jewish Life, Jewish Senior Outreach and the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home are co-hosting and co-sponsoring this event.