You are invited and encouraged to let us know the name and yahrzeit of your beloved ones who have departed from us. We will honor their memory by announcing their name during services. Contact us at office@templebethor.org . May you be comforted among all the mourners of Israel.

In Jewish tradition, when the year of mourning is over, mourners are expected to return to a fully normal life. There are several occasions each year when our loved ones who have passed on are memorialized. The most significant of these is yahrzeit, the anniversary of the death, which is observed according to the Hebrew calendar. As is the case in all Jewish holy days, yahrzeit observance begins at night. A 24-hour candle is lit and one may attend synagogue to recite the Kaddish [the memorial prayer]. It is traditional to avoid attending any celebrations or parties on the day of yahrzeit, and some people fast on that day.

Mourner's Kaddish


Yit-ga-dal v'-yit-ka-dash sh'-mei ra-ba,
b'-al-ma di-v'-ra chi-ru-tei, v'-yam-lich mal-chu-tei
b'-chai-yei-chon uv'-yo-mei-chon
uv'-chai-yei d'-chol-beit Yis-ra-eil,
ba-a-ga-la u-viz-man ka-riv,
v'-im'-ru: A-mein.

Y'-hei sh'-mei ra-ba m'-va-rach
l'-a-lam ul'-al-mei al-ma-ya.

Yit-ba-rach v'-yish-ta-bach,
v'-yit-pa-ar v-'yit-ro-mam v'-yit-na-sei,
v'-yit-ha-dar v'-yit-a-leh v'-yit-ha-lal, sh'-mei d'-ku-d'-sha, b'-rich hu,
l'-ei-la min kol bir-cha-ta v'-shi-ra-ta,
tush-b'-cha-ta v'-ne-che-ma-ta, da-a-mi-ran b'-al-ma,
v'-im'ru: A-mein.

Y'-hei sh'-la-ma ra-ba min sh'-ma-ya,
v'-cha-yim, a-lei-nu v'-al kol-Yis-ra-eil,
v'-im'-ru: A-mein.

O-seh sha-lom bim-ro-mav,
hu ya-a-seh sha-lom a-lei-nu v'-al kol-Yis-ra-eil,
v'-im'-ru: A-mein.


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Let the glory of God be extolled, let God’s  great  Name  be  hallowed,  in  all   creation. May the reign of God soon prevail in our own day, our own lives, and the life of all Israel, and let us say: Amen.

Let  God’s  great  Name  be  blessed  forever  and  ever .

Let the name of the Holy One, blessed is God, be glorified, exalted, and honored, though God is beyond all the praises, songs, and adorations that we can utter, and let us say: Amen.

For us and for all Israel, may the blessing of peace and the promise of life come true, and let us say: Amen.

May God who causes peace to reign in the high heavens, let peace descend on us, on all Israel, and all the world, and let us say: Amen.


May they rest in peace and may their memory ever be for a blessing. At this moment, I pause for thought in memory of my beloved _____________ . I give thanks for the blessing of life, of companionship and of memory. I am grateful for the strength and faith that sustained me in the hour of my bereavement. Though sorrow lingers, I have learned that love is stronger than death. Though my loved one is beyond my sight, I do not despair for I sense my beloved in my heart as a living presence. Sustained by words of faith, comforted by precious memories, we kindle the light in remembrance. “The human spirit is the light of Adonai” (Proverbs 20:27). As this light is pure and clear, so may the blessed memory of the goodness and nobility of character of our dear ___________ illumine our souls.