First Email


Subject: Be aware. Be responsible. Be prepared.

Body of email:

Dear friends,

The possibility that we may be unable to make our own medical decisions is not a topic we like to discuss or even think about. However, we should not avoid the reality that we must prepare for any eventuality. The Halachic Living Will is a simple document that allows you to choose the people who will be making the important decisions if you are, G-d forbid, incapable of communicating your wishes.

This topic can evoke fear and discomfort, but it doesn’t have to. Let’s confront it together, and ensure that we are all protected — legally and halachically.

Please print out the attached halachic living will form, read it, make sure you understand it, and fill it out, but DO NOT SIGN IT.

Then, please join us on [Date and Time], at [Location] for an Open House event, co-sponsored with the National Association of Chevra Kadisha (NASCK).

Come to the Open House, at your convenience, to have your halachic living will witnessed, and to receive an EMES Card. The EMES card is a concise summary of the halachic living will that also contains essential contact information, and is easily found in case of emergency.

For background information on the Halachic Living Will and the EMES card, please click HERE.

I look forward to seeing you at this important event.

Rabbi [Name]