It is customary to observe the Yahrzeit or anniversary of the death of a loved one by attending services and reciting the Kaddish prayer, which is an affirmation of life. Many people also observe Yahrzeit by lighting a small Yahrzeit candle in their homes at or near sundown on the eve of the anniversary of the day of death; and making a donation to charity in the memory of the person who has died. We have created this online Yahrzeit calendar to help you determine the Hebrew date of the Yahrzeit.
If you wish to learn the Kaddish prayer so that when you go to your temple you will feel comfortable in joining the group recitation, click here.
The Mourner’s Kaddish
Click to open up a printable copy of the Kaddish.
To determine the date of the Yahrzeit on the Hebrew calendar
Fill in the form below or contact Mount Sinai for a printed written calendar of Yahrzeit dates. Note that Yahrzeit calculations are dependent upon both the day and time of death. If the time of death was after sundown, use the next day’s date to determine the appropriate Yahrzeit dates. (Example: Day and time of death: April 1, 7:00 p.m.; Use April 2 on the English calendar.)