What is a Yahrtzeit?

Yahrtzeit (lit., anniversary in the Yiddish language) is the anniversary of the Jewish-calendar date during which someone passed away. Children honor their parents memory and observe their parents Yahrtzeit dates by reciting the kaddish prayer in the synagogue during that day (beginning with the evening services through the afternoon services), giving extra charity, and doing additional learning. If one is in proximity to a loved one's resting place, it is customary to go there (besides on Shabbat or holidays) and recite prayers.

Kaddish in Hebrew
Kaddish in English
Transliterated for Ashkinazi Pronunciation
Transliterated for Sephardic Pronunciation.

Listen to an audio of Cantor Pinchas Rabinovicz reciting the Mourner's Kaddish on 613.org. (Real Player Required)

Yahrtzeit Observances for this month:

NameDate of DeathHebrew Calendar Date of DeathGregorian Calendar Observance
Phillip M. Silk Feb 23, 192418 AdarIMar 16, 2017
Freda Fialco DumesMar 04, 198128 AdarIMar 26, 2017
Leah Abrahams ZuckerMar 12, 190203 AdarIIMar 01, 2017
Ruth Davidorff FialcoMar 30, 199721 AdarIIMar 19, 2017
Stanley Herman Dumes Mar 14, 200503 AdarIIMar 01, 2017
Ida Zucker AbelsMar 19, 197729 AdarIMar 27, 2017
William Israel Dumes Feb 21, 199217 AdarIMar 15, 2017
Sophia Irene Kernis-Pieck Mar 21, 201501 NissanMar 28, 2017
David Morris Dansker Mar 10, 196728 AdarIMar 26, 2017
Naomi Rebecca Dumes BearMar 16, 200809 AdarIIMar 07, 2017
Stanley H. Shapiro Mar 18, 199627 AdarIMar 25, 2017
Jacob Stein Mar 21, 195416 AdarIIMar 14, 2017
Schender Dumesh Mar 16, 192601 NissanMar 28, 2017
Harry Fialco Feb 26, 197819 AdarIMar 17, 2017
Gerald Abels Mar 06, 200716 AdarIMar 14, 2017
George Albert Vinik Mar 22, 197318 AdarIIMar 16, 2017
Barnett Pomerantz Mar 20, 194010 AdarIIMar 08, 2017
Aaron Zoll Mar 19, 197315 AdarIIMar 13, 2017
Sol Smith Mar 17, 197727 AdarIMar 25, 2017
Yetta KarpFeb 26, 195614 AdarIMar 12, 2017
Jacob Obelsky Mar 04, 191023 AdarIMar 21, 2017
Rebecca Obelsky Feb 19, 189303 AdarIMar 01, 2017
Alvin Lerman Mar 20, 201226 AdarIMar 24, 2017
Arthur Dumes Feb 27, 195121 AdarIMar 19, 2017

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Mourner's Kaddish - Hebrew

Mourner's Kaddish - English

Magnified and sanctified be His great name in the world which He hath created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom during your life and during your days, and during the life of all the house of Israel, even speedily and at a near time, and say ye, Amen.

Congregation and Mourner:
Let His great name be blessed for ever and to all eternity.

Blessed, praised and glorified, exalted, extolled and honored, magnified and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He; though He be high above all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations, which are uttered in the world; and say ye, Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life for us and for all Israel; and say ye, Amen.

He who maketh peace in his high places, may He make peace for us and for all Israel; and say ye, Amen.

Mourner's Kaddish - Transliterated (Ashkinazi Pronunciation)

Yisgaddal v'yiskaddash sh'mey rabboh
B'olmoh dee-v'ro chir-usey,
V'yamlich malchusey 
B'chay-ycyclion uv'yo-meychon
Uv'chay-yey de-chol beys yisro-eyl
Ba-agoloh uvizman koreev
V'imru omeyn.
Y'hey sh'mey rabboh m'vorach
L'olam ul'olmey olmah-yoh
Yisborach, v'yishtabach,
V'yispo-ar v'yisromam,
V'yisnassey v'yis-haddar
V'yis-alleh v'yis-haIlal
Sh'mey de-kudshoh, b'recch hu
L'eyloh* min kol birchosoh v'shirosoh
Tush-b'chosoh v'nechemosoh
Daa-amiron b'olmoh 
V'imru omeyn.
Y'hey sh'lomoh rabboh min sh'mayoh
V'chay-im oleynu v'al kol yisro-eyl
V'imru omeyn.
O-seh sholom bimromov
Hu ya-aseh sholom
Oleynu v'al kol yisroe-eyl
V'imru omeyn.

* Repeat "L'eyloh" between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Mourner's Kaddish - Transliterated (Sephardic Pronunciation)

Yitgaddal v'yitkaddash sh'meh rabbah
B'almah dee-v'ra chiru-teh
V'yamlich malchuteh 
B'chay-yechon uv'yo-meychon
Uv'chay-yey de-chol beit yisra-el
Ba-agalah uvizman kareev;
V'imru Amen.
Y'hey sh'mey rabbah m'varach
L'olam ul'olmey almah-yah.
Yitbarach, v'yishtabach,
V'yitpa-ar v'yitromam
V'yisnasseh v'yit-haddar
V'yit-alleh v'yit-haIlal
Sh'mey de kudshah b'reech hu
L'eylah min kol birchatah v'shiratah
Tush-b'chatah v'nechematah
Daa-amiran b'almah 
V'imru Amen.
Y'heh sh'lamah rabbah min sh'mayah
V'chay-yim alenu v'al kol yisra-el
V'imru amen.
O-seh shalom bimromav
Hu ya-aseh shalom
Alenu v'al kol yisra-el
V'imru Amen.

* Repeat "L'eyloh" between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Many thanks to Yahrtzeit.com and chabad.org for use of their materials.