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Yahrzeit Observance

One of the beautiful and longstanding customs of Judaism is honoring the memories of loved ones by observing the anniversary of their passing.

To observe this Yahrzeit, it is customary to:

Attend the Shabbat morning service immediately prior to the Yahrzeit when the name of your loved one will be announced.

Light a Yahrzeit candle to mark the beginning of the Yahrzeit at sundown.

Make a charitable contribution in memory of your loved one;

Recite Kaddish at the daily services.


The Beth Jacob Congregation of Oakland campus is currently closed due to the Alameda County Department of Public Health's recommendations for religious organizations.

Beth Jacob has canceled all on-site events, including Shabbat services and minyanim.

The community mikvah is also closed.

At this time we are slowly resuming Minyanim off-site, but we can only accommodate regular attendants of Beth Jacob. In addition, we continue to gather virtually as a community.


To join us for our daily Mishnah learning and to have it dedicated in memory of your loved one, please send an email to Rabbi Albert with your loved one’s Hebrew name the day before the Yahrzeit begins in addition to whether you plan on attending the evening of the Yahrzeit (7:30 PM learning) or the morning of the Yahrzeit (8:00 AM).

Join our daily Mishnah learning with zoom


BJC Yahrzeit List 

To add a name to BJC Yahrzeit list and/or make a contribution to the Yahrzeit Fund in memory of your loved one, please submit the form below.  

(first and last name)
Hebrew Name w/father's Hebrew Name (if known)Transliterated
(father/mother etc)
(Time of passing)


Perpetual Memorial

You may also wish to establish a Perpetual Memorial by purchasing a memorial plaque, which is engraved with the name and date of passing of a loved one. The plaque is displayed on a memorial board in the sanctuary, whose accompanying light is kindled during the month of the Yahrzeit and during Yizkor services.

In addition to the annual Yahrzeit reminder, perpetually memorialized names are automatically included in our annual Yizkor (memorial) booklet.

To order a memorial plaque please submit the order form:


(first and last name)

Hebrew Name w/father's Hebrew Name (if known)Transliterated

(father/mother etc)


(Time of passing)


($360 per plaque)



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