DIY Yizkor

  • Staying home this Yom Kippur and wondering about Yizkor?

    If the pandemic is keeping you home or cannot make it to services,  and are wondering how to recite Yizkor, the memorial service for departed loved ones, we are here to help you.  

    Typically we honor the legacy of our departed loved ones by reciting the memorial prayer in a communal setting in shul, with the Torah scrolls bearing witness to our testaments of love, loyalty, gratitude and continuity.  This year will certainly be different, but not less meaningful.  While synagogue attendance is an important element of Yizkor, it is not a requirement when it is not possible.  

    Chabad is offering three options:

    1) Guidance on how to do it yourself at home. 
    2) Chabad can recite Yizkor on your behalf. 
    3) Join our 30-minute outdoor Yizkor Memorial Service. 

    Option 1 - Make Chabad your agent

    We are volunteering to serve as your  representative in offering the Yizkor prayer for your loved ones on your behalf on Yom Kippur. 

    Simply submit below the name and mother's name of your loved ones (provide Hebrew names if you have it).  I will mention the name of each departed loved one for you. 

    Submit names until Wednesday, September 15, 4:00 pm.  (We will not be checking submissions after that time until after the holiday).

    Donations are not required for this service, but greatly appreciated! You can make an optional donation below. 

    Option 2 - DIY

    Alternatively (or additionally), you can recite Yizkor at home.  Here is a step-by-step guide: 

    LIGHT  a 24-hour Memorial Candle on Sunday eve, before lighting candles at 6:45 pm.  Important note:  There is no blessing recited when you light the memorial candle, although it is certainly appropriate to reflect upon the memory of loved ones. The candle may be placed anywhere safe in the home.  (If you need a memorial candle, let us know!)

    RECITE , on Thursday morning, September 16, Yom Kippur Day, the Yizkor Memorial Prayers. When it comes the time to mention the names it's best to use the Hebrew name and their mothers Hebrew name (if you have it).

    KADDISH is not recited privately. 

    CHARITY - It's customary to pledge a donation to charity. This is so that the memory of a loved one is immediately followed by and connected to a good deed.

    If you would like to make that pledge to Chabad of Orange County (which we'd gladly accept), please submit donation below.

    Option 3 - 30-minute outdoor social-distant Yizkor Service

    If you would like to join our safe, outdoor in-person Yizkor Memorial Service, click here.

    May the souls of our loved ones achieve an aliya (ascendancy) in the heavens above, and may they prevail upon Hashem to bring this awful pandemic to a swift end, along with a full and speedy recovery to all who have suffered any ill effects from the devastating virus, and to bring blessings of health and prosperity to your family and friends.

    With love and blessings for a Shanah Tovah and an easy and meaningful fast,  
    Rabbi Pesach

    If you have any questions, please always feel free to ask me !

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