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Yahrzheit observances (On the anniversary of a Loved One's Death)

It is an important Jewish tradition to acknowledge the yahrzheit of a loved one. There are several traditions for observing this anniversary: 

  • It is customary to come to the synagogue to say kaddish on the date of the anniversary.  While we currently do not have a daily evening service at Shaare Torah, we are happy to help you arrange a minyan (including additional attendees and a leader) so you can say kaddish. Please contact Morris Solomon and we will arrange a “Minyan on Demand” so you can say kaddish for your loved one.
  • It is customary to light a memorial candle on the night before the secular date indicated above, letting it burn through the entire following day.  These candles are available in many grocery stores and in Jewish markets.
  • On Shabbat mornings we list all yahrzheits that will occur in the coming week in the announcement booklet, and announce the names before Mourners’ Kaddish (towards the end of the service).  Those with a yahzheit in the coming week are invited to attend and to say kaddish at that time as well.
  • Finally, it is customary to give funds to tzeddakah in memory of a loved one.  You may choose to make a donation to our congregation, or to another charitable organization that has particular meaning to you or to the deceased. 
  • As a more permanent memorial, if you are interested in dedicating a plaque on our synagogue memorial board, please contact our Executive Director, Matt Oziel or 301-869-9842 x115.
Sat, August 15 2020 25 Av 5780