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Yizkor: A Moment to Remember

How do we keep alive the memory of those we have lost? Whenever a death occurs, we ask ourselves this question. Each of us answers in a different way. But, for the Jewish people, we also have a special way that we remember. Yizkor.

Each year, four times a year, we come together to recite the Yizkor prayers and to remember those people who have had an impact on our lives. The Yizkor service, with which people are most familiar, is the one recited on Yom Kippur. But, we also recite Yizkor on Shemini Atzeret (at the end of Sukkot), on Passover, and on Shavuot.

The recitation of Yizkor is one way that we keep faith with the memories of our loved ones. For many Jews, Yizkor helps them maintain a link with parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, children, and friends. It also strengthens the connection between all who come to synagogue to recite Yizkor.

In addition to reciting the Yizkor prayers, we honor the memory of our relatives and friends by linking their lives to our own good deeds. That is why the days leading up to a festival are particularly appropriate times to give tzedakah.

I encourage you to mark your calendar for the Yizkor dates that will occur in the coming year.
Upcoming Yizkor Dates
April 13, 2023 – 8th Day of Pesah
May 27, 2023 – 2nd Day of Shavuot
September 25, 2023  – Yom Kippur
October 7, 2023 – Shemini Atzeret

An additional moment for us to remember those we have lost is the yahrzeit (anniversary of death). Prior to a yahrzeit, the Beth Ahm office will send you a reminder with information about services and other ways to honor your loved one’s memory.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 248-851-6880 or

Rabbi Steven Rubenstein
Wed, June 19 2024 13 Sivan 5784