Yizkor at Home: Sharing The Memories of Our Loved Ones Virtually in 2020

As we gradually shift from Rosh Hashanah celebrations to the reflective period leading up to Yom Kippur, our attention turns inward as we contemplate the year behind us. Part of this reflection includes the practice of remembering our loved ones.

Over time, AARC has cultivated a meaningful community Yizkor ritual to honor and share memories of our loved ones. Prior to this year, we gathered on Yom Kippur afternoon in a small chapel that allowed us to gather close. We lit a yahrzeit candles and held stones that evoked memories while sharing the stories of those we loved. For a detailed account of this ceremony and how it came to be, please see member Leora Druckman’s recent Washtenaw Jewish News article below.

Although we cannot be together in physical space this year, a meaningful ceremony has been crafted for us to share. We’ll be gathering for Community Yizkor over Zoom at 4:30 pm on Yom Kippur. In order to prepare for this event, the organizers have made some suggestions:

  • Please take time before the event to gather a yahrzeit candle, matches, and a stone that you can hold during the ceremony. (Members will have received stones and candles in their Tishrei bags).
  • You may want to spend some time thinking ahead of what you might like to share during the service. If you’d like to share a photo, please have it ready.
  • Members will receive zoom links for this event in their email. If you are not a member and would like to attend, please register here.
AARC member Leora Druckman’s article “AARC Makes Yizkor Comes Alive” in the September 2020 Washtenaw Jewish News. See page 13 here: https://washtenawjewishnews.org/PDFs/WJN-09-20-web.pdf