Yahrzeit is a Yiddish word meaning the anniversary of a death.
Jews traditionally observe loved one’s yahrzeit at home by lighting a special long-burning candle in memory of the deceased and at synagogue by saying the Mourner’s Kaddish during prayer services.
Use the Hebrew-Gregorian calendar converter below to find out your loved one’s yahrzeit date, the Hebrew anniversary of their death, by entering the Gregorian (secular) date of their death.
Many synagogues routinely send out yahrzeit reminders to members who request them. In addition, several websites, such as the National Jewish Memorial Wall and Virtual Yahrzeit maintain “virtual” walls and will send yahrzeit reminders for you free of charge.
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