Legacy Lights (Y’rushot OrLanu) is a modification of The Illumignossi Project’s well-established Legacy Lights initiative that has been adapted for Jewish elders and is presented in a Jewish context. It is inspired by and grounded in three Jewish tenets:
- “With age comes wisdom, and length of days brings understanding.” (Job 12:12)
- “You shall honor your elders” (Lev. 19:32)
- L’dor Vador – the importance of intergenerational transmission of values.
The Jewish and educational context are perhaps obvious. As important is the social services component: generativity and summation work supports healthy aging, as does honoring our elders in meaningful ways. Going forward we will also be creating intergenerational workshops allowing elders and younger generations to collaboratively explore legacy and life-meaning work.