This past summer the FJC launched a new website, a new way to remember, Yizkor Wall – A virtual memorial wall for those dear and departed.
With Yom HaShoa (Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day- April 16) and Yom HaZicharon (Israeli Remembrance Day- April 22) approaching the staff of Yizkor Wall is expecting an influx of submissions to add to the memorial wall.
“ During this time period, we expect to have hundreds of new virtual plaques created,” said Daniel Gordon, administrator of the website. “Family members and friend are always looking for new ways to honor the memory of loved one. This virtual plaque can be viewed every day for years.”
Yizkor is Hebrew for ‘Remember,’ it is also the name of a special prayer recited only a few times a year. The Yizkor prayer asks for G-d to remember the spirit of a departed loved one and honor it. The reader then performs a mitzva, a good deed, to further elevate the loved one’s spirit, typically by giving charity- which can also be done on the site.
The Yizkor prayer is only recited for an immediate blood relative; The Yizkor Wall is for everyone. For the great aunt who died in the Holocaust, a favored childhood teacher, and the friend lost to leukemia. The Yizkor Wall is a way to create a gravestone of sorts, a marking for those who might not have one, whose location is unknown or to create an additional accessible one for those who are too far away.
Since going live in August the site has created virtual plaques for hundreds of loved and honored individuals. With a new design and a user friendly interface you can see your loved ones plaque created instantly.
“Submitting the name, birth-date, day of passing and picture to the site with a young child is a great way to have them honor their grandparents or loved one. It is positive and not at all depressing, a good short but meaningful activity for these special days, “ said Daniel.