April 21, 2014 
Individually we remember our loved ones who have passed on to their eternal home on the anniversary of their death. Yizkor, the memorial service, is an opportunity for us to remember them communally. Four times a year, the memorial prayers are recited as we mourn together: the seventh day of Passover, Shavuot, Yom Kippur and Sh’mini Atzeret. All are holy days when we remember those whom we have loved and lost.
Developing out of the atrocities that took place for Jewish communities during the Crusades, our ancestors realized that our dead deserve a communal commemoration. We are who we are because of those who came before us, and to honor their memory with thought and prayer is an important reason for attending Yizkor. Another reason for your presence is to support others who are remembering. When a community of mourners gathers, strength comes in knowing that others are remembering their loved ones too. While we recite Kaddish individually to honor the deceased yearly, we come together as one for Yizkor in support of friends, family and members of our community.
If you are unable to join us in person for Conclusion of Passover worship services, then you can listen live on the Emanu-El website, through the Emanu-El audio player after completion of the live service, or through podcasts. (MP3 files are available for one week after the service.)
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