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the meaning of


Yahrzeit s a Yiddish word meaning anniversary of a death. It is the yearly anniversary of a loved one’s death (traditionally the anniversary of the Hebrew date, not the Gregorian date). Jews observe yahrzeit at home by lighting a special long-burning candle in memory of the deceased.

yizkor candles

Yahrzeit candles are also known as yizkor candles, because they are also lit on behalf of loved ones on the four Jewish holidays (Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, Passover and Shavuot) that include a Yizkor, or Jewish memorial, service.

It is customary to light the yahrzeit candle at sundown on the Hebrew anniversary (Jewish days begin at sundown, rather than midnight).

we remember

At Congregation Shaarei Zedek there are over 500 plaques in our Sanctuary with our loved ones names and dates of death.

We send out a weekly list of the yahrzeits for the coming week and turn on the memorial lights beside the appropriate name.

The Mourner’s Kaddish is recited as part of the Friday night Shabbat service.

Contact info

(506) 657-4790
91 Leinster St, Saint John, NB E2L 1J2

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