One of the many services that Congregation Beth Torah offers to its members is the reminder of family yahrzeits. Yahrzeit is the memorialization of a loved one on the anniversary of their death. It is a very emotional time for family and friends of the deceased and at CBT we do our best to ensure that yahrzeits are announced and family members are notified in a timely manner.
We depend on the family to inform us of the date of a loved one’s death.
It is the tradition at CBT, and of Conservative congregations in general, to observe a yahrzeit based on the Hebrew calendar. To make it easy for those congregants who may not be familiar with the Hebrew calendar, we ask for the secular calendar date and we make the conversion. However, while a day on the secular calendar starts at 12:00 AM, midnight, and goes through 11:59 PM, the day on the Hebrew calendar starts at sundown and goes through sundown. Therefore, it is very important that when you report the date of a yahrzeit, you specify whether the death occurred before or after sundown on the secular date so that we can convert it to the correct Hebrew date.
If you are not sure if it was before or after sundown, provide the date and the time of death (always listed on the death certificate) and we will determine when sundown was.
If you have any questions about yahrzeit dates, or anything having to do with the rituals and customs surrounding the end of life experience, contact Rabbi Zelony, the Ritual Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Cemetery Committee at email@example.com.