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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
BabaninaSonya bas LevTuesday, July 25, 20172 Av
BelkoAlexander ben SergeiSunday, July 16, 201722 Tammuz
BerkhmanGenady ben MoiseiSunday, July 23, 201729 Tammuz
BersonYosef ben YakovSunday, July 9, 201715 Tammuz
BlindermanEfraim ben ShayaFriday, June 30, 20176 Tammuz
BodnyaTsilya bas NaumTuesday, July 11, 201717 Tammuz
BraslavskayaX bas XSunday, July 2, 20178 Tammuz
BrastlavskyYocheved bas Sunday, July 2, 20178 Tammuz
BronevskyFelix ben YosefWednesday, July 19, 201725 Tammuz
BruskinSarah bas YakovMonday, July 3, 20179 Tammuz
DanilovNatan Chaim ben ShamaiFriday, July 14, 201720 Tammuz
DubrovskayaLarisa bas PinchasMonday, July 3, 20179 Tammuz
EpshteynSerafima bas MichailSunday, July 16, 201722 Tammuz
FaynIsaak ben LazarSaturday, July 22, 201728 Tammuz
FridmanSarah bas ZalmanMonday, July 24, 20171 Av
GershengornPerel bas NuchemWednesday, July 26, 20173 Av
GilerChaim ben LeibSunday, July 9, 201715 Tammuz
GoizmanSemen ben ZaveliySunday, July 9, 201715 Tammuz
GoldshteynSemen ben ZalmanWednesday, July 12, 201718 Tammuz
GombergSara bas IsraelTuesday, July 18, 201724 Tammuz
GorelikHaim ben WolfFriday, July 7, 201713 Tammuz
GozenpudLeonid ben TevelWednesday, July 19, 201725 Tammuz
KaplanLuba bas MeirSaturday, July 15, 201721 Tammuz
KaplanEva Charusya bas ?Wednesday, July 12, 201718 Tammuz
KaplanEva bas LazarWednesday, July 12, 201718 Tammuz
KarelshteynBasya bas IsraelMonday, July 17, 201723 Tammuz
KarelshteynYosel ben FalikFriday, July 14, 201720 Tammuz
KatsRachel bas Moshe GilyaThursday, June 29, 20175 Tammuz
KleynerMoshe ben BerelThursday, July 13, 201719 Tammuz
KoltunovVladimir ben LeonidSunday, July 2, 20178 Tammuz
KorobovYakov ben NaumTuesday, July 25, 20172 Av
KupermanMenya bas ZeligWednesday, July 26, 20173 Av
LelchukAharon ben Moshe HirshThursday, June 29, 20175 Tammuz
LevitLeah bas Wednesday, July 19, 201725 Tammuz
LimberskyLionira bas AvrahamTuesday, July 18, 201724 Tammuz
MamlinaNelya bas IsaakSunday, July 2, 20178 Tammuz
MarkovichRochel bas YakovSunday, July 2, 20178 Tammuz
MazurOlda bas ZalmanSaturday, July 1, 20177 Tammuz
MelnikovEugene ben NikolaiSunday, July 9, 201715 Tammuz
MogilevskyAnshel ben ShulimSaturday, July 1, 20177 Tammuz
NaiveltBenya ben MichelThursday, June 29, 20175 Tammuz
NatanovaKhana bas AronSaturday, July 15, 201721 Tammuz
NigelPolina bas TevelWednesday, July 12, 201718 Tammuz
PolischukAsher ben EfraimSaturday, July 15, 201721 Tammuz
RaginskyYuri ben NaumThursday, July 6, 201712 Tammuz
RatnerSender ben ShmuelSaturday, July 1, 20177 Tammuz
RudnikBasya bas AvrahamWednesday, July 19, 201725 Tammuz
SagalovskayaLiza bas SalomonWednesday, July 26, 20173 Av
ShadkinAlexander ben BorisWednesday, July 5, 201711 Tammuz
ShlubskyAlexei ben MichaelSunday, July 23, 201729 Tammuz
ShmuklerRaisa bas AvrahamThursday, July 13, 201719 Tammuz
ShnaydmanAlexander ben AharonSunday, July 9, 201715 Tammuz
ShokodkoRaisa bas MaximFriday, July 7, 201713 Tammuz
ShtromBella Leah bas Yehuda LeibTuesday, July 18, 201724 Tammuz
ShtutmanGenya bas ReuvenTuesday, July 11, 201717 Tammuz
ShvartsSemen ben MarkTuesday, July 4, 201710 Tammuz
ShvartsmanYefim ben MatveyTuesday, July 25, 20172 Av
SteselYakov ben ChaimFriday, June 30, 20176 Tammuz
TaranYakovYitzchakCh ben BentzionThursday, June 29, 20175 Tammuz
VaynerNoach ben TzalThursday, July 20, 201726 Tammuz
ZamanskayaGesia bas DovidTuesday, July 18, 201724 Tammuz
ZaretserMichail ben AvrahamThursday, July 27, 20174 Av
ZavodnikChaim ben BerkFriday, July 14, 201720 Tammuz
ZelenchenkoEta bas SamuilThursday, July 27, 20174 Av
ZizemskyYitzchak ben YisroelThursday, July 20, 201726 Tammuz

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