How will we recite Yizkor this holiday?
Typically we honor the legacy of our departed loved ones by reciting this memorial prayer in a communal setting in synagogue, with the Torah scrolls bearing witness to our testaments of love, loyalty, gratitude and continuity.
If you can't make it to synagogue this year, it will certainly be different, but not less meaningful.
Chabad is offering three options:
1) In-Person Services
2) We can recite Yizkor on your behalf
3) Guidance on how to do it yourself at home
Option 1 - In Person Services
Join us April 4th for an In-Person Yizkor service - 5931 Porto Alegre Dr
Morning Services: 10:00AM
Yizkor Service: 11:45AM
Option 2 - Make Rabbi Mendel your Proxy
The Rabbi will serve as a proxy and representative in offering the Yizkor prayer for your loved ones on your behalf on Sunday, April 4th.
Simply fill out this form the name and father's name of your loved ones (provide Hebrew names if you have it).
Submit names until Friday, 6:00 pm.
To make an optional donation in honor of your loved ones, please click here.
Option 3 - DIY
Alternatively (or additionally), you can recite Yizkor at home. Here is a step-by-step guide:
Print the text - Before the holiday starts print this Yizkor text.
Light a 24-hour Memorial Candle.
Recite, on Sunday morning, April 4th which is the Last Day of Passover, the Yizkor Memorial Prayers. When it comes the time to mention the names it's best to use the Hebrew name and their father's Hebrew name.
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.
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 Happy & Healthy Last Days of Passover, and may it also be the last days of this pandemic!
To learn more about Yizkor, click here.