Yizkor Services

Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9, 5:30 pm
Sukkot, Monday, October 21, 10:15 am

At our Yom Kippur Yizkor service, we remember all of our loved ones who have died. This year, we invite you to bring a picture – old or new, even on your phone – of loved ones you are remembering. During the Yizkor service, we will have an opportunity to share the pictures we have brought with one another. Preceding the Yizkor service, congregants are invited to a facilitated conversation to share stories of loss, love, memory and grief at the Yizkor Circle.

Yizkor, Judaism’s communal service of remembrance and mourning, is observed four times a year: on Yom Kippur afternoon and at the conclusion of the three biblical pilgrimage festivals: Sukkot, Pesach, and Shavuot. The congregation will hold its Sukkot Yizkor Service at the conclusion of the festival.

Kever Avot v’Imahot: Visiting Graves of
Loved Ones

Sunday, October 5, 11:00 am
Tel Shalom, Rolling Hills Memorial Park, El Sobrante

We have a long-standing tradition of visiting the graves of relatives between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Everyone is invited to join us for our annual High Holy Day cemetery visit, Kever Avot v’Imahot. Following a brief service, we will visit the graves of our own loved ones as well as those who lived among us. We will also recall our loved ones who rest elsewhere and whose memories we carry with us.

Project Nechama Yizkor Service for Children Who
Have Died

Sunday, October 20, 11:00 am

Each year, we hold a special Yizkor service in Beth El’s Nechama Garden in recognition of children who have died. We honor those lost by miscarriage and those stillborn, and we recall those who died as infants, as children, and as adults. This service was created by Project Nechama, Beth El’s response to pregnancy and neonatal loss.

Yizkor Book of Remembrance

Beth El publishes an annual Book of Remembrance which is distributed on Yom Kippur at the Yizkor (Memorial) Service. The Book of Remembrance is dedicated to the memory of loved ones who have died and can be a meaningful and permanent remembrance for family and friends. By honoring their memory through gifts of tzedakah, our contributions become a living memorial ensuring the continuity and renewal of Jewish life and community.

The deadline for adding names for 5780 is September 17, 2019.

Please fill out this form to add the name(s) of your loved one(s) to the Yizkor Book of Remembrance.