Yahrzeit is a Yiddish word meaning “a year’s time” and it is the remembrance of the anniversary of a loved one’s death. It is observed each year on the date of death. Perhaps the best known custom for observing a Yahrzeit is lighting a candle made to burn for at least 24 hours. We light the candle at home in the evening that the Yahrzeit begins, and it is a symbol of the soul and spirit of the deceased. The Yahrzeit observance lasts a full day and it is customary to attend services on the Shabbat following the Yahrzeit. You will receive a reminder from the office each year sharing with you the date in which the name of your loved one will be read, and the name will be read prior to the Kaddish prayer. Should you wish to change the date in which you want the name to be read, please contact the Synagogue office.