Anniversary of passing

It is customary to light a Yahrtzeit candle commencing on the evening of the Yahrzeit. If you have a light on one of our memorial boards, we will ensure that the light is kindled during the period of the Yahrzeit.

Should you require someone to say Kaddish for or on your behalf, please contact the Shule office immediately. If you or a family member will be attending on a Shabbat, Yom Tov, Monday or Thursday morning on the day of the Yahrzeit or immediately prior to the Yahrzeit and would like to be called to the Torah, please notify the Shule office.

Jewish tradition says that the Soul of the deceased is elevated as a result of people doing Mitzvot (good deeds) on behalf of the departed Soul. Therefore, the one commemorating the Yahrzeit often brings some liquor and biscuits to the morning service so as to encourage the congregants at the morning service to make a bracha (blessing) over the liquor and bid the one commemorating the Yahrzeit a L'Chaim and a long life. Similarly, it is traditional to give tzedakah (charity) in memory of the deceased.

If you would like to have a memorial plaque in memory of your loved one in the Shule foyer, please contact the office.

Elwood Shule provides all members with a Yahrtzeit service where we send reminders via mail to the family of the deceased’s prior to the Yahrtzeit date each year. To receive such reminders please contact the Shule office.

Yahrtzeit Calculator - Determine the date of your loved one's passing for this year or any other.

Is a memorial prayer recited on Pesach and Shavuot, Yom Kippur and Shemini Atzeret, to remember dear departed parents and close relatives. It is traditional to make an offering to charity in memory of a relative each time Yizkor is recited as they benefit from the good deeds done by the living on their behalf.