Here at Mickve Israel, we honor the tradition of yahrzeit. Please review our procedure and, if applicable, use this link to request a yahrzeit reading or to order a plaque.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Yahrzeits
What names are published on the Yahrzeit list? Only those names with Yahrzeit plaques in our sanctuary will be published in the biweekly card and the website, but anyone can call and request that a name be placed on the Yahrzeit list to be read at services. A donation is not required. However, a time-honored custom when recalling the memory of a loved one is to perform the mitzvah of tzedakah (righteous giving). A contribution to Mickve Israel helps maintain our synagogue activities and programs.
How do I purchase a Yahrzeit plaque to memorialize my loved one? This special remembrance requires a $750 donation. A plaque will be placed on a sanctuary Yahrzeit board, and your loved one’s name will be added permanently to the Yahrzeit list. Annual notification to the synagogue is not needed for those remembered by Yahrzeit plaques. Please contact Lauree L. Morris, Administrative Director, regarding payment options and plaque placement. Allow 10-12 weeks for delivery after your order is placed.
What is the Mickve Israel Memorial Endowment plaque in the sanctuary? This plaque is another way to memorialize your loved one. With a minimum $2,500 donation to the Mickve Israel Memorial Endowment Fund, a plaque is listed there, and the name is then placed permanently on the list read at services at the appropriate time. Rather than just the name and date of death (as on the Yahrzeit board), your choice of wording is available on this plaque.
How is it determined when a Yahrzeit is read? Names are read at both the Friday evening and Saturday morning services following the actual English Yahrzeit date. The calendar placement of names for reading begins with the preceding Saturday through the current Friday for whatever week to be published/read (i.e., names to be read Friday and Saturday, January 14-15 have date of death ranging from January 8 through 14).
What if I want flowers placed in the sanctuary Yahrzeit vase? If you call the temple office and request flowers, you may make a $25 donation to cover this cost, and we will order flowers for you. If you prefer, you can order your own flowers, and we will direct your florist to place them in the Yahrzeit vase when delivered. You can also contribute to the Memorial Floral Fund and we will order the flowers for you to be placed in the sanctuary on specific dates in perpetuity.