Yizkor, a special memorial prayer for the departed, is recited in the synagogue four times a year; Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret, Shavuot and Passover.
The Yizkor is more than a service of remembrance, but rather it is a time for the relatives of the departed to connect with the souls of their loved ones on a deeper level. Tradition has it that during the Yizkor service, the souls of the departed descend from heaven and are joined with those who are close to them.
Downtown Jewish Center Chabad has a beautiful Yizkor book that is used at each Yizkor service. Each year we add the names of the deceased and memorials in their honor.
Your participation in the Yizkor book enables you to memorialize your loved one, ensure that Yizkor will be said for them, regardless of your attendance at the Yizkor service and most importantly, you will be giving charity in the memory of your dearly departed.