What is Yitzkor?
Yitzkor means "remembrance" in Hebrew and most commonly refers to memorial prayer services held four times a year during Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot. Jewish people believe in the eternity of the soul. It is common belief that by saying Yitzkor, remembering a loved one and giving charity in a loved one's name helps his or her soul gain merit from our good deeds. Reciting Yitzkor may also serve as a very important and reflective time for individuals honoring and commemorating loved ones.
When do you say Yitzkor?
Yitzkor is said on the first holiday after an individual passes away. Synagogues hold Yitzkor services four times a year:
- Yom Kippur
- the last (8th) day of Sukkot
- the last (8th) day of Passover
- the last (2nd) day of Shavuot
If you do not belong to a synagogue or cannot attend services, the Yitzkor service and prayers can be said privately at your home.
Yahrzeit & Yitzkor Date Calculator
Enter the date of passing and determine the appropriate dates to observe Yahrzeit and Yitzkor according to the Hebrew Calendar and Holiday Schedule. You will be able to view and download a list of both English and Hebrew dates.
Yitzkor Date List
Yitzkor: Passover (8th day)
23rd of Nisan
Yitzkor: Shavuot (2nd Day)
7th of Sivan
Yitzkor: Yom Kippur
10th of Tishrei
Yitzkor: Last Day of Sukkot (Shemini Atzeret)
22nd of Tishrei
Our sister website, National Jewish Memorial Wall, provides complimentary electronic Yahrzeit Reminders as an easy way to remember both the English and Hebrew Yahrzeit dates for loved ones.