Every year, on the anniversary of a loved one's death, we take a moment to remember them; the impact they had on our life and on the world, the contributons they made to the community, the good times shared, and even the sad times together. We call this time "Yahrzeit".
Yarzheit is traditionally observed for parents, children, siblings, and close relatives, though it is certainly appropriate to remember the passing of anyone who was close to you. It starts at sundown the day before the anniversary date and it lasts until sundown the next day (one Jewish day, evening to evening). Traditional practices include the lighting of a Yahrzeit candle and the saying of the memorial prayer, Kaddish. You can find readings and prayers appropriate to candle lighting and a copy of the Kaddish below. It is also a common practice to come to Friday night or Saturday morning services the week of the person's Yarzheit to say Kaddish with the community.
Members of Temple Beth Ami may have names of loved ones read from the Bima on the week of their Yarzheit. Please contact the temple office if you wish to make these arrangements. It is also a common practice to make a contribution to the Oneg fund to help sponsor the kiddush on the week of their Yarzheit. Our practice is to observe Yarzheit on the English date of death, though you may have it observed on the Hebrew date if you prefer.
Some people choose to commemorate their loved ones by purchasing a memorial plaque that is displayed in our Memorial Alcove in the Synagogue's lobby. There are plaques that are displayed during the Yarzheit week and permanent inscriptions available.
If you are a Temple Beth Ami member, you may see and manage all your Yahrzeit information by logging into ChaverWeb.