Yahrzeit and Kaddish Center

The Yahrzeit and Kaddish Center contains tools, resources and guidance to help you remember and honor loved ones. Find prayers, information, products and services to commemorate the lives of family and friends.

 

Honoring Yahrzeit

Shiva Planning ServicesYahrzeit, which means ‘a year’s time’ in Yiddish, is the anniversary of the death of a loved one. It is the day one year following the death, as calculated in accordance with the Hebrew calendar. This remembrance is performed annually by reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish and burning a Yahrzeit candle for 24 hours.

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Reciting Kaddish

Plan Shiva ConciergeKaddish is a prayer whose recitation, over time, has become a strongly held custom for mourners. The act of reciting Kaddish is considered to be a Mitzvah and the recitation of Mourner’s Kaddish is said in honor of the deceased, but focuses on life, promise and hope for individuals of the Jewish faith.

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Lighting Candles

Plan Local OptionsIt is a Jewish minhag to light a special candle that burns for 24 hours, called a Yahrzeit candle to commemorate loved ones. On the Yahrzeit, a Yahrzeit candle is lit at sundown and will burn for a full 24 hours before extinguishing itself.

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Yizkor

Plan Local OptionsYizkor is a memorial service and prayer recited four times a year for deceased loved ones. At Yizkor and during the Yahrzeit, a Yahrzeit candle is lit at sundown.

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LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HONOR YOUR LOVED ONES


 

Placing a Stone

Placing a StonePlacing a stone on a grave enables visitors to partake in the mitzvah tradition of commemorating the deceased. Stones are fitting symbols of the lasting presence of the deceased’s life and memory.

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Yahrzeit Wall Plaques

Yahrzeit Wall PlaquesIt is a longstanding tradition to commemorate a loved one by adding his or her name to a Yahrzeit wall that honors the individual by lighting up on Yahrzeit and Yizkor dates in a synagogue or in Israel.

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Plaques and Yahrzeit Walls
Placing a Stone
Visiting the Cemetery
Mourner's Kaddish
 


YAHRZEIT TOOLS
 

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HEBREW DATE CONVERTER >>
Convert English (Gregorian) dates to Hebrew calendar.

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JEWISH CALENDAR >>
View calendar dates of Jewish holidays, candle-lighting times and a guide for Yahrzeit.

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YAHRZEIT REMINDERS >>
Receive complimentary annual Yahrzeit Reminders from njmw.org.

 


HONOR & COMMEMORATE

Planting Trees
Placing Stones
Lighting Candles
Saying Kaddish