What is Yizkor?
Yizkor 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 Yizkor, 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 Yizkor may also serve as a very important and reflective time for individuals honoring and commemorating loved ones.
When do you say Yizkor?
Yizkor is said on the first holiday after an individual passes away. Synagogues hold Yizkor 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 Yizkor service and prayers can be said privately at your home.
Yahrzeit & Yizkor Date Calculator
Enter the date of passing and determine the appropriate dates to observe Yahrzeit and Yizkor according to the Hebrew Calendar and Holiday Schedule. You will be able to view and download a list of both English and Hebrew dates.
Yizkor Date List
the Yizkor candle is lit at sundown the evening before the date specified.
Yizkor: Passover (8th day)
22nd of Nisan
Yizkor: Shavuot (2nd Day)
7th of Sivan
Yizkor: Yom Kippur
10th of Tishrei
Yizkor: 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.