Funerals, Mourning & Yahrzeits

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no harm, for You are with me. (23rd Psalm)

When one of our Emanuel family experiences a death, our clergy and staff are ready to help you to navigate the process as you mourn. We have put together the following Funeral Arrangement Information Sheet as a guide to help those in need of making funeral arrangements.

Mourner’s Kaddish

The Mourner’s Kaddish is said during the three daily prayer services, in the presence of a minyan (quorum of ten adult Jews), during:

  • Eleven months following the death of a parent or close relative, AND
  • On the Yahrzeit (anniversary) of the death of a parent or close relative. The date for observing Yahrzeit follows the Hebrew calendar, beginning with the evening service, and continues through the following morning and afternoon services. A tool for converting secular calendar dates to Hebrew dates can be found at

Click Here – PRINT version with Hebrew transliteration and English translation.

Click Here – AUDIO version with Hebrew transliteration, English translation, and body movement instructions.


In addition to the recitation of the Mourner’s Kaddish, there are four memorial services following a death or on a Yahrzeit (anniversary), termed Yizkor services.

Here is a list of days when Yizkor is to be recited for 2021: 5781.

  • Passover – April 4, 2021 (in Israel, April 3)
  • Shavuot – May 18, 2021 (in Israel, May 17)
  • Yom Kippur – September 16, 2021
  • Shemini Atzeret – September 18, 2021

Click here — Book of Life 5781

For questions regarding Yizkor service, Please contact Moshe Pinchover or 860-236-1275. Visit our homepage for scheduled minyan times.