Kever Avot 5783

Please join us at the Jewish Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Sunday 2 October, the Sunday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, for a prayerful, connecting and spiritual experience as we visit the graves of our loved ones, enter into memorial prayers and dedicate our new and beautiful Zachor Wall, our wall of remembrance that anchors memories of loved ones for many of us whose family members and loved ones are buried in other cities.   This will be the second dedication of names on the Zachor Remembrance Wall, which has been formed by beautiful large stones excavated from our historic grounds.

Kever Avot is the ancient custom of visiting the graves of ancestors and loved ones around the time of the Days of Awe.  One of the core themes of the High Holy Days is clearing our lives of unkept promises and burdens so we can begin our New Year unencumbered by the past.  We do this in order to work towards changing our Mazal, our fortune and karma, towards goodness and positivity.  The liturgy for Kever Avot reflects aspects of Yizkor; we remember our loved ones and pray to support their souls’ journey after life and we ask them to support us on our journey in this world towards greater Tikkun, repair and enlightenment. 

It is also my hope that we can do a powerful ritual of using wicks to measure the graves of those who died this year and to use those wicks to make candles that can be used for Shabbat and Havdalah as a ritual means of supporting the souls of our family and friends who have recently died. 

Summary of event details

  • Date: October 2, 2022
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Jewish Cemetery
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