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Yahrzeits and Memorial Plaques


Many people choose to honor their departed loved ones by installing a permanent marker noting their passing. Each plaque is 2” tall by 6.5” wide and will accommodate two lines of text.  We can inscribe the full English name of the loved one and the English date of birth and death. Please email Leslie Oberst for more information. 

While remembering a departed loved one brings to mind poignant memories and recollections of good times shared, dealing with a loss is often a difficult and lengthy process. At B'nai Israel, honoring anniversaries of these passing’s is some of the most important work we do.

In Jewish tradition, there are several occasions each year when our loved ones who have passed on are memorialized. The most significant of these is yahrzeit, the anniversary of the death. As is the case in all Jewish holy days, yahrzeit observance begins at night. A 24-hour candle is lit and one may attend synagogue to recite the Kaddish [the memorial prayer]. 

Here are some frequently asked questions that will help shed light on our process at B'nai Israel:

When are Yahrzeits honored at CBI?  
Names of departed loved ones are read at Shabbat evening services on Friday and at Saturday morning services. We also read names of anyone who died in the previous year at the Yom Kippur Yizkor Service.

I don't think I received my reminder letter. When do they get sent out?                                                      
Hardcopy letters are mailed out generally a month prior to the yahrzeit day.

I am a new member, how will the synagogue know about past deaths in my family?                                  
Yahrzeit information is requested on the information form required for membership. You can also manage this information on your ShulCloud account.

I am going to be away at the time my Grandmother's name will be read at services. What can I do not to miss it?                                            You are encouraged to call the synagogue office at 916-446-4861, to have the name read at a different service when you are able to attend and say kaddish with your community.  

In what ways can I observe Yahrzeit at home?                                                                                           
It is customary to light a Yahrzeit candle on the anniversary of a death. Yahrzeit candles are also known as yizkor candles, because they are also lit on behalf of loved ones on the four Jewish holidays (Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, Passover and Shavuot) that include a Yizkor, or Jewish memorial, service. These candles can be purchased at our Judaica shop.  Many supermarkets carry them as well. The candle is lit the evening before and burns for 24 hours.  Making a donation to the synagogue in increments of 18 (Chai) $18/$180, $36/$360, etc. is also customary.

Thu, November 14 2019 16 Cheshvan 5780