by Judith T. Fox

Translator’s note: I’ve attempted to keep these definitions very brief. Fuller explanations of many of these themes are available elsewhere on this site and I encourage you to read them. If you still have questions, have other words you want defined, or just want more information, please contact the Director of Congregational Learning,  at 860-233-2774,

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Yahrzeit -  The anniversary of a loved one’s death. It is customary to attend services and recite Kaddish on this day.
Yiddish -  A language spoken by Jews of German and Eastern European descent.
Yizkor -  A memorial service added to Festival services four times each year.
Yom Haatzmaut -  Israel’s Independence Day
Yom Hashoah -  Day which commemorates the Holocaust.
Yom Kippur -  A solemn fast day which is observed as a day of atonement.
Yom Yerushalayim -  A modern holiday which celebrates the reunification of the city of Jerusalem.