Memorial Prayers for the Dearly Departed

Shavuot Yizkor Service:

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 2nd Day of Shavuot
11:30 am (Shabbat Services start at 10 am)

Burston Home
47 Highview Road, Monroe

All Are Welcome | FREE of Charge

To make a Yizkor donation in memory of a loved one please click here

Walk-ins welcome. If you would like to let us know you will be joining email [email protected]


What's Yizkor?

Yizkor is a special memorial prayer for the dearly departed, which is recited in the synagogue four times a year: On the last day of Passover, on the second day of Shavuot, Yom Kippur and on Shmini Atzeret (at the end of the Sukkot holiday).

Yizkor, in Hebrew, means "remember." In this prayer, we implore G‑d to remember the souls of our loved ones who have passed on. When we recite Yizkor, we renew and strengthen the connection between us and our loves ones, bringing merit to the departed souls.

The recitation of Yizkor is also linked with the mitzvah of a pledge to charity (prior or following the holiday) in memory of the deceased. By giving charity, we are performing a positive physical deed on their behalf in this world, something that the departed can no longer do. The soul gains additional merit through the good deeds impacted through their memory.

YIZKOR is observed in three ways:

1) Light a Yahrtzeit (24-hour) candle in memory of your relatives who have passed away. Candles are available at Chabad if you need.

2) Give charity in memory of the person(s). How much should you give? As a general rule, think of an amount that you are comfortable giving, and then add $18. (In Jewish tradition, the number 18 symbolizes life.) If donating by check, write “in memory of . . .” in the memo field. If donating online, be sure to fill out the “In memory of” field.

To make a Yizkor Memorial Donation in memory of your loved ones to Chabad of Orange County, please click here to make a contribution online, or you can mail it to: Chabad of Orange County, 1170 Route 17m. Suite 1, Chester, NY 10918.

3) Remember your loved ones by mentioning their name(s) at the YIZKOR service.

If, for whatever reason, you cannot attend the Yizkor Memorial Service, you may e-mail the names of your loves ones to [email protected] and Chabad will mention the names on your behalf.

To learn more about Yizkor click here