At Temple Isaiah, our Yizkor (Memorial) services on the festivals are among the most beautiful of ways to remember the generations that came before us. This Shavuot, we are experimenting with holding the Yizkor prayer service in the evening of the second day of Shavuot. This service (about one hour in length) will take place on Sunday night, May 20, 2018 at 7pm in the Sanctuary. We hope you will join us for this meaningful service of memory. —Rabbi Craig Axler
I lost my mom six weeks after I was married. I have said yizkor for her for over 44 years, across the country, and even around the world. Over time, other loved ones have since been added to my list. Even though so many years have gone by, I am still filled with sorrow at Memorial Services. That said, I find Yizkor to be not only a mitzvah but something that ties me to my loved ones who are no longer here. Each of the four times a year that I hear [the stirring poem] “We Remember Them,” I face my losses with the comforting reminder that “As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as we remember them.” In our fast-paced world, Yizkor gives me the chance to once again experience their closeness and love.