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Yizkor Service (Virtual)

Monday, September 28, 2020 10 Tishrei 5781

4:15 PM - 4:45 PMBeth Am LiveStream (Registration Required)

Originally, Yizkor was recited only on Yom Kippur. Its primary purpose was to honor the deceased by committing to giving tzedakah [charity] in their memory, on the theory that the good deeds of the survivors elevate the souls of the departed. It also enhanced the chances for personal atonement by doing a deed of loving kindness. Since the Torah reading on the last day of the pilgrimage festivals [the holidays of Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot] mentions the importance of donations, Yizkor was added to these holiday services as well.


The Four Parts of Yizkor

  1. A series of readings and prayers, recited and chanted, that sets the mood for the solemn service.
  2. Paragraphs that individuals read silently recalling the deceased. There are paragraphs for a father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, other relatives and friends, and Jewish martyrs. During the service, each person reads the appropriate paragraph(s).
  3. The memorial prayer for the deceased, the El Male Rahamim [God full of compassion] is chanted. This is essentially the same prayer said at Jewish funerals.
  4. A special prayer, Av HaRahamim (Ancestor of Mercies), probably composed as a eulogy for communities destroyed in the Crusades of 1096, is recited by the congregation as a memorial for all Jewish martyrs.


Due to this year's pandemic, we will not be having in-person High Holy Day services, but look forward to having you participate in our High Holy Day LiveStream services. Please click here to register for our High Holy Days service in order to get a link to view. Thank you.

 for virtual High Holy Days service.

 click here for the Book of Remembrance.


Yom Kippur: September 27 - 28, 2020


Sunday, September 27, 2020
Kol Nidre Service @ 6:00 pm

Monday, September 28, 2020
Yom Kippur @ 8:45 am

Yizkor Service @ 4:15 pm
Minha & Neila Service @ 4:45 pm


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