The custom of reciting Yizkor on Yom Kippur is relatively new in Jewish life – meaning it is only a thousand years old. The custom emerged out of blood and loss, in the Rhineland following the devastation of the early Crusades. What began as a personal family prayer soon spread to a communal setting. It was the Polish Jewish community that extended the recitation from Yom Kippur to the final day of the three festivals, Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot.
The word yizkor means “remembrance,” or, more literally, “may he/she be remembered.” The memory of those we have lost is truly in our hands. May they live on in us, and through us, through our deeds and character, but also through acts of ritual and tradition.
May their memories be a blessing.
Yom Kippur this year falls on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Our new Book of Eternal Life will be available at the outset of the Yom Kippur afternoon service, beginning at 4 PM. The Yizkor Memorial Service begins immediately after the Afternoon service, with no interruption, at approximately 5:15 PM.
On page 8 of this form, please legibly print all names that you wish to appear, and list them in the order in which you wish them to appear. Entries must be received by August 1.