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Anniversaries are natural occasions for remembrance. The anniversary of the passing of someone near and dear, the yahrzeit, is no exception. It evokes bittersweet emotions. Echoes of voices long silenced are still heard. Images of experiences once shared crowd in upon us. Smiling faces, never fully erased from our memory, capture our attention. Special gestures, special customs, special scenes are especially vivid on yahrzeit days. We relive pleasant occasions, and, sadly, relive times of sadness too. When it is possible to do so, we visit the graves of our loved ones at such times, allowing our stream of consciousness to join us to them through the miracle of memory.

But the yahrzeit of a person near and dear to us is more than just an occasion for sentiment and sadness. It reestablishes links, which transcend the passing of time, links that are forged by the ongoing acceptance of responsibility for those we love – even beyond the grave.

Our tradition maintains that the initial judgment of our loved ones takes place within twelve month of their passing. However, it also holds that the elevation of their souls at that time is not final. Through our continued commitment to our faith and our unceasing pursuit of good deeds, we help assure their continued progress through the heavenly spheres, enhancing their existence as they draw ever nearer to God – the Source of all existence. Our tradition also says that the spiritual progression of our beloved departed takes place in annual stages, and that their progress is determined on each yahrzeit.

Customs of observing Yahrzeit

A candle should burn in every residence where the yahrzeit is observed. It should be kindled in the evening, burn for the entire next day until it goes out on its own. Special “yahrzeit candles” are sold at Jewish book and food stores. Many people fast on the yahrzeit of their parents. It is customary to have a Memorial prayer recited in the synagogue. Try to visit the cemetery and recite special prayers. If possible, arrange a Torah study group at home on the day of yahrzeit. You should try to attend a synagogue and say Kadish on the day of the yahrzeit, or at least ask somebody to say Kadish on behalf of your grandmother. When saying Kadish you should have in mind the Jewish name and the father’s name of the deceased. Send donation in memory of the deceased.

Our Synagogue has Memorial Board with plaques recording the Hebrew and English name of the deceased and the Hebrew date of death.

If you need assistance in conducting a Yahrzeit service please contact our Synagogue.


Last NameHebrew NameDateHebrew Date
ArenskyYelizaveta bas IsaakWednesday, October 10, 20181 Heshvan
BelsonSemyon ben AvrahamFriday, October 19, 201810 Heshvan
BerdichevskyMichail ben YisroelFriday, October 19, 201810 Heshvan
BraginskyYefim ben GregoryMonday, October 1, 201822 Tishri
BrodskiyIsrael ben MosheSunday, October 14, 20185 Heshvan
BurdGershon Binyomi ben EliezerThursday, October 11, 20182 Heshvan
DekhtermanMoshe ben BoruchSaturday, October 6, 201827 Tishri
DinenzonGrigoriy ben IsaacSunday, October 14, 20185 Heshvan
DrozdovSofia bas IosifThursday, October 25, 201816 Heshvan
DuzhanskayaShura bas WolfFriday, October 5, 201826 Tishri
ElkinAvraham ben YitzchokFriday, October 19, 201810 Heshvan
FilipovaLilia bas VelvelThursday, October 25, 201816 Heshvan
FurmanRaisa bas YisroelWednesday, October 3, 201824 Tishri
GalperAizik ben TevelThursday, October 18, 20189 Heshvan
GershmanChana bas LeibSunday, October 21, 201812 Heshvan
GofmanManya bas AharonThursday, October 18, 20189 Heshvan
GofshteynSofia bas GirshThursday, October 11, 20182 Heshvan
GoldenbergIda bas MironMonday, October 22, 201813 Heshvan
HaytinZyama ben GershonSunday, October 7, 201828 Tishri
IoffeTuvia ben Efraim ReuvenMonday, October 8, 201829 Tishri
KaminskyAlik ben IosifThursday, October 25, 201816 Heshvan
KnobelDavid ben MordechaiSaturday, October 13, 20184 Heshvan
KupermanIlya ben ShlomoSaturday, September 29, 201820 Tishri
KupershtokVladimir ben YefimSunday, October 21, 201812 Heshvan
LeykekhmanLarisa bas VolfSaturday, September 29, 201820 Tishri
LeykekhmanShunya ben ShimshonFriday, September 28, 201819 Tishri
LormanBella bas IsaakTuesday, October 2, 201823 Tishri
LyandresSemen ben LazarWednesday, September 26, 201817 Tishri
MironchukGregory ben SolomonWednesday, October 24, 201815 Heshvan
MoinaRoza bas DovidMonday, October 8, 201829 Tishri
MoldavskiyIosif ben AvrahamThursday, October 4, 201825 Tishri
MonisovaRaisa bas AharonSunday, October 14, 20185 Heshvan
NilevskayaSofiya bas BentzionThursday, October 11, 20182 Heshvan
NoussLeib ben YosefFriday, October 26, 201817 Heshvan
PitetskaManya bas MosheWednesday, October 10, 20181 Heshvan
PolyachenkoIrina bas SemenSaturday, October 6, 201827 Tishri
PolyakovValentin ben IvanSunday, September 30, 201821 Tishri
RabovitserAron ben Chaim LeibFriday, October 26, 201817 Heshvan
RobeySarah bas AharonWednesday, October 24, 201815 Heshvan
RozovskyBoris ben YefimFriday, September 28, 201819 Tishri
RubinIosif ben SamuilFriday, October 12, 20183 Heshvan
RyazanovaIrina bas AbramThursday, September 27, 201818 Tishri
SeklerEnna bas YefimFriday, October 5, 201826 Tishri
ShapiroBinyomin ben YakovMonday, October 15, 20186 Heshvan
SheinkmanAvraham ben AkivaSunday, October 7, 201828 Tishri
ShekhterMaks ben MoiseiTuesday, October 9, 201830 Tishri
ShmaryanAnya bas NusimMonday, October 8, 201829 Tishri
SimachevskayaRoza bas MelechFriday, October 5, 201826 Tishri
SorsherGenya bas SamuilFriday, October 26, 201817 Heshvan
SpektorVeniamin ben MarkSaturday, October 20, 201811 Heshvan
SpektorTema Reiza bas MichailSunday, October 14, 20185 Heshvan
SutinYaakov ben GershThursday, September 27, 201818 Tishri
TarasovReuven ben Gavsei MeirSaturday, October 13, 20184 Heshvan
TsipisEster Rivka bas MendelSaturday, September 29, 201820 Tishri
TsygenbardAnya bas AvrahamThursday, October 25, 201816 Heshvan
XYuri ben SheilakThursday, October 11, 20182 Heshvan
YakersonSulamif bas YevseiWednesday, October 3, 201824 Tishri
YampolskayaMeri bas BoruchMordechaiThursday, October 4, 201825 Tishri
YankelevichPerlya bas GregoryThursday, October 25, 201816 Heshvan
YurkovskyRefail ben MeirSaturday, September 29, 201820 Tishri
ZaidelSarah bas TzadokSunday, September 30, 201821 Tishri
ZaidelDavid ben GershonFriday, October 26, 201817 Heshvan


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