I remember when I was growing up, all the kids (and many grownups too) left the sanctuary when it was time for Yizkor. My friends and I were intensely curious about what was going on inside. It was considered bad luck to be in there if your parents were alive (as if being there might jinx them, and then it would be your fault if they died.)
This well-meaning attempt to shield us from the reality of death didn’t really work. All of us must face death and walk the path of mourning. The Yizkor Service just helps us to know that we are not alone on that path. Rabbi Anne Brener, who is a compassionate guide on this path of mourning, will co-lead the service.
So, this Yom Kippur afternoon, I want to invite all of us to share in the sanctification of memory, so that we might accompany each other on a journey of facing death, acknowledging grief and receiving the blessed legacy of our loved ones who have died.
Please bring a small picture or a sacred object that represents your memory to put on our Yizkor Altar.
In Grateful anticipation of our time together,