A yahrtzeit is the anniversary of a loved one’s death, and is “marked by the lighting of a 24-hour yahrtzeit candle, reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish in the synagogue, and giving tzedakah (charitable contributions). By giving tzedakah, the memory of the deceased lives on in good deeds. Also on certain festivals and holy days, special yizkor (memorial) prayers are added to the liturgy.” (excerpted from Death and Mourning: Jewish Rituals, Bigman, Rabbi Amy R. Published as a background paper for the Ecumenical Insitute for Jewish-Christian Studies.) 

The Mourner’s Kaddish* 



Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’mei raba,
b’alma di v’ra chirutei, v’yamlich malchutei
b’chaiyeichon uv’yomeichon
uv’chaiyei d’chol beit Yisraeil,
baagala uviz’man kariv. V’imru: Amen.

      Y’hei sh’mei raba m’varach
      l’alam ul’almei almaya.


Yitbarach v’yishtabach v’yitpaar
v’yitromam v’yitnasei,
v’yit’hadar v’yitaleh v’yit’halal
sh’mei d’Kud’sha, B’rich Hu,

l’eila min kol birchata v’shirata,
tushb’chata v’nechemata,
daamiran b’alma. V’imru: Amen.
Y’hei sh’lama raba min sh’maya,
v’chayim, aleinu v’al kol Yisraeil.
V’imru: Amen.

     Oseh shalom bimromav,
     Hu yaaseh shalom aleinu,
     v’al kolYisraeil. V’imru: Amen.





Exalted and hallowed be God’s great name
in the world which God created, according to plan.
May God’s majesty be revealed in the days of our lifetime
And the life of all Israel – speedily, imminently, to which we say Amen.

Blessed be God’s great name to all eternity

Blessed, praised, honored, exalted, extolled,
glorified, adored, and lauded
be the name of the Holy Blessed One, beyond all earthly worlds and songs of blessing,
praise, and comfort. To which we say Amen.

May there be abundant peace from the heaven, and life, for us and all Israel.

May the One who creates harmony on high, bring peace to us and to all Israel.
To which we say Amen


 *The Hebrew, transliterated Hebrew, and English translation were taken from: Mishkan T’filah A Reform Sidur. (5767 2007). Elyse D. Frishman, ed. pg. 598. Central Conference of American Rabbis: New York