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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
AbolnikovYelizaveta bas MarkMonday, August 21, 201729 Av
AgranatGilya ben GregoriyTuesday, August 22, 201730 Av
AverbukhYehuda ben EduardMonday, September 18, 201727 Elul
BarrettDov Ber ben YehudaSaturday, August 19, 201727 Av
BaumEleonora bas LazarThursday, September 7, 201716 Elul
BelskyIlya ben GershonThursday, September 7, 201716 Elul
BondarMarina bas LeonidSunday, September 3, 201712 Elul
ButovetskyIlya ben SolomonSaturday, August 26, 20174 Elul
DukhovnayaZlata bas LeibTuesday, September 5, 201714 Elul
EppelbaumMotel ben ShlomoMonday, August 21, 201729 Av
EtusMaks ben FeivelThursday, September 14, 201723 Elul
FeldmanRoza bas IsaakTuesday, August 22, 201730 Av
FintushalSulia bas ElyaSaturday, September 16, 201725 Elul
FlyamMoshe ben AleksanderThursday, August 31, 20179 Elul
FreydinBoruch ben MosheThursday, August 24, 20172 Elul
GendelmanRoza bas ShachnaMonday, September 11, 201720 Elul
GerstenYitzchak ben IsraelWednesday, August 23, 20171 Elul
GilmanovLuba bas YakovSaturday, August 19, 201727 Av
GolubGregory ben SalimSunday, August 20, 201728 Av
GotkisVladimir ben BaruchMonday, August 28, 20176 Elul
GrachBoris ben AvrahamFriday, September 8, 201717 Elul
GrechanikAsya bas AliSunday, September 17, 201726 Elul
GritsovskyAlexander ben MatusThursday, September 7, 201716 Elul
GutnikSara bas IsaakSaturday, August 19, 201727 Av
GvozdevMoisey ben IsrailThursday, August 31, 20179 Elul
KhaimchikRachel bas YakovTuesday, September 19, 201728 Elul
KhaysmanZalman ben GregorySaturday, August 26, 20174 Elul
KhodorkovskayaYelya bas SemenWednesday, September 13, 201722 Elul
KhvalabovYakov ben BinyominMonday, September 11, 201720 Elul
KlebanovSemen ben MironMonday, August 28, 20176 Elul
KorchnoyViktor ben YuzefSunday, September 17, 201726 Elul
KostovetskySemen ben IsaakTuesday, September 5, 201714 Elul
KuznetsovaLilia bas YakovSunday, August 27, 20175 Elul
LinBoris ben MichailWednesday, September 6, 201715 Elul
LitvinskiyMoisey ben DavidThursday, September 7, 201716 Elul
LivshitsZyama ben YisroelFriday, September 8, 201717 Elul
LivshotsYuri ben LeonidFriday, September 15, 201724 Elul
LormanYevsey bas RuvilFriday, September 15, 201724 Elul
MastitsLev ben ZalmanSunday, August 20, 201728 Av
MermanAnna bas IlyaSaturday, September 16, 201725 Elul
MiserskyAneta bas GenyaWednesday, September 6, 201715 Elul
MovirerMichel ben YosefWednesday, August 23, 20171 Elul
NemirovskyKim ben GregoryWednesday, September 6, 201715 Elul
OranskiyBoris ben Nuchim AronWednesday, September 6, 201715 Elul
OsovetsMark ben MichailTuesday, September 5, 201714 Elul
PanichEster bas DovidMonday, September 18, 201727 Elul
PeisinMoshe ben Miriam KunaSunday, September 10, 201719 Elul
PekelisRachel bas ZalmanSunday, September 17, 201726 Elul
PentoYevgeniya bas AlexanderSaturday, August 26, 20174 Elul
PismennayaGittle bas YosefSaturday, August 19, 201727 Av
RedenskyChaim ben DavidFriday, September 1, 201710 Elul
RudermanEliyahu ben ChaimThursday, August 31, 20179 Elul
ShagalovAnna bas LeibMonday, August 21, 201729 Av
ShalmanTanya bas AharonFriday, August 25, 20173 Elul
SheinMenita bas GertzelThursday, August 31, 20179 Elul
Shepsel VolfFeiga bas BerlSunday, September 17, 201726 Elul
ShlobinMaya bas IsaakWednesday, September 6, 201715 Elul
ShteyngardtGamsey ben NossonTuesday, August 29, 20177 Elul
ShusterFeiga bas BinyominWednesday, September 13, 201722 Elul
ShustermanRiva bas YidleTuesday, September 19, 201728 Elul
SimanduyevSimantu ben Saturday, August 19, 201727 Av
SkladmanZlata bas FroykMonday, September 18, 201727 Elul
TsirulnikMariya bas MoiseySunday, September 10, 201719 Elul
TsyganovSofa bas David HirshFriday, September 15, 201724 Elul
VaynshteynVladimir ben GregroriyWednesday, August 23, 20171 Elul
VilenskayaLarisa bas MoiseyWednesday, September 13, 201722 Elul
VladimirskiyBaruch ben Shmuel MosheWednesday, August 23, 20171 Elul
WeinsteinAlexander ben NaumFriday, September 8, 201717 Elul
XAnna bas LeibSaturday, August 19, 201727 Av
YurkovetsYevgenia bas MichailFriday, September 15, 201724 Elul


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