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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 LevSaturday, July 14, 20182 Av
BelkoAlexander ben SergeiThursday, July 5, 201822 Tammuz
BelotserkovskayaRaisa bas MichailWednesday, July 18, 20186 Av
BerkhmanGenady ben MoiseiThursday, July 12, 201829 Tammuz
BersonYosef ben YakovThursday, June 28, 201815 Tammuz
BodnyaTsilya bas NaumSaturday, June 30, 201817 Tammuz
BratslavskayaYocheved bas ShlomoThursday, June 21, 20188 Tammuz
BronevskyFelix ben YosefSunday, July 8, 201825 Tammuz
BruskinSarah bas YakovFriday, June 22, 20189 Tammuz
ChernobylskayaNadezhda bas MarkFriday, June 22, 20189 Tammuz
DanilovNatan Chaim ben ShamaiTuesday, July 3, 201820 Tammuz
DubrovskayaLarisa bas PinchasFriday, June 22, 20189 Tammuz
EpshteynSerafima bas MichailThursday, July 5, 201822 Tammuz
FaynIsaak ben LazarWednesday, July 11, 201828 Tammuz
FridmanSarah bas ZalmanFriday, July 13, 20181 Av
GershengornPerel bas NuchemSunday, July 15, 20183 Av
GilerChaim ben LeibThursday, June 28, 201815 Tammuz
GlikinYeshaya ben BoruchSunday, June 24, 201811 Tammuz
GoizmanSemen ben ZaveliyThursday, June 28, 201815 Tammuz
GoldshteynSemen ben ZalmanSunday, July 1, 201818 Tammuz
GombergSara bas IsraelSaturday, July 7, 201824 Tammuz
GorelikHaim ben WolfTuesday, June 26, 201813 Tammuz
GozenpudLeonid ben TevelSunday, July 8, 201825 Tammuz
KaplanLuba bas MeirWednesday, July 4, 201821 Tammuz
KaplanEva Charusya bas ?Sunday, July 1, 201818 Tammuz
KaplanEva bas LazarSunday, July 1, 201818 Tammuz
KarelshteynBasya bas IsraelFriday, July 6, 201823 Tammuz
KarelshteynYosel ben FalikTuesday, July 3, 201820 Tammuz
KleynerMoshe ben BerelMonday, July 2, 201819 Tammuz
KoltunovVladimir ben LeonidThursday, June 21, 20188 Tammuz
KorobovYakov ben NaumSaturday, July 14, 20182 Av
KupermanMenya bas ZeligSunday, July 15, 20183 Av
KushnirBoruch ben IosifSaturday, June 30, 201817 Tammuz
LevitLeah bas Sunday, July 8, 201825 Tammuz
LimberskyLionira bas AvrahamSaturday, July 7, 201824 Tammuz
LonginaLeonora bas FeivishSaturday, July 7, 201824 Tammuz
MamlinaNelya bas IsaakThursday, June 21, 20188 Tammuz
MarkovichRochel bas YakovThursday, June 21, 20188 Tammuz
MazurOlda bas ZalmanWednesday, June 20, 20187 Tammuz
MelnikovEugene ben NikolaiThursday, June 28, 201815 Tammuz
MironchukFrida bas BerelFriday, July 20, 20188 Av
MogilevskyAnshel ben ShulimWednesday, June 20, 20187 Tammuz
MoldavskayaZoya bas YakovWednesday, July 18, 20186 Av
MozesIzia ben MonesFriday, July 20, 20188 Av
NatanovaKhana bas AronWednesday, July 4, 201821 Tammuz
NigelPolina bas TevelSunday, July 1, 201818 Tammuz
PesinaNatasha bas EliezerWednesday, July 11, 201828 Tammuz
PolischukUsher ben EfraimWednesday, July 4, 201821 Tammuz
PustylnikYakov ben MendelThursday, July 19, 20187 Av
RaginskyYuri ben NaumMonday, June 25, 201812 Tammuz
RatnerSender ben ShmuelWednesday, June 20, 20187 Tammuz
ReznikovViktor ben GershThursday, July 19, 20187 Av
RozmanSemen ben DavidTuesday, July 17, 20185 Av
RudnikBasya bas AvrahamSunday, July 8, 201825 Tammuz
SafronVladimir ben NoachWednesday, July 18, 20186 Av
SagalovskayaLiza bas SalomonSunday, July 15, 20183 Av
ShadkinAlexander ben BorisSunday, June 24, 201811 Tammuz
ShepetievskyYakov ben MarkFriday, July 20, 20188 Av
ShlubskyAlexei ben MichaelThursday, July 12, 201829 Tammuz
ShmuklerRaisa bas AvrahamMonday, July 2, 201819 Tammuz
ShnaydmanAlexander ben AharonThursday, June 28, 201815 Tammuz
ShokodkoRaisa bas MaximTuesday, June 26, 201813 Tammuz
ShtromBella Leah bas Yehuda LeibSaturday, July 7, 201824 Tammuz
ShtutmanGenya bas ReuvenSaturday, June 30, 201817 Tammuz
ShvartsSemen ben MarkSaturday, June 23, 201810 Tammuz
ShvartsmanYefim ben MatveySaturday, July 14, 20182 Av
SokolovskyKlara bas BerkFriday, July 20, 20188 Av
VaynerNoach ben TzalMonday, July 9, 201826 Tammuz
VyazovskayaAsya bas GershFriday, July 20, 20188 Av
YelkonovichDavid Velvel ben Yosef IssurThursday, July 19, 20187 Av
ZamanskayaGesia bas DovidSaturday, July 7, 201824 Tammuz
ZaretserMichail ben AvrahamMonday, July 16, 20184 Av
ZavodnikChaim ben BerkTuesday, July 3, 201820 Tammuz
ZeldinVladimir ben MordechaiWednesday, July 18, 20186 Av
ZelenchenkoEta bas SamuilMonday, July 16, 20184 Av
ZizemskyYitzchak ben YisroelMonday, July 9, 201826 Tammuz


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