Among the many ways Jewish tradition mourns and honors the memory of loved ones is to mark the anniversary of their death. During major festivals we include the Yizkor prayer in our communal services, and Hillside Memorial Park sponsors several memorial programs during the year. However the most personal and immediate is the individual commemoration of that loss by lighting a 24 hour candle starting the evening before the date and attending services to say Kaddish (the mourner’s prayer).
At TIOH, with the cooperation of Hillside we provide complimentary 24 hour memorial candles to anyone wishing to light one. We keep a comprehensive database on all of the death anniversaries important to our members. Utilizing that dynamic database we send annual reminders well in advance and each Friday we read the names aloud of those whose death anniversaries are marked that week along with the names of the recently deceased. Congregants in attendance have the opportunity to say Kaddish together comforted by the support of the entire congregation. Those wishing to make a donation to the Temple or any of our directed funds in honor or memory of a loved one can do so year round here.
Book of Remembrance
Once a year at Yom Kippur we publish the Book of Remembrance where our congregants are encouraged to list the names of all their loved ones who have died in anticipation of the Yizkor prayer that afternoon. Registration for the Book of Remembrance and voluntary donations can be done online here.
Yahrzeit dates are actually tracked by the corresponding date in the Hebrew calendar. Click here for an online date conversion.