Yizkor, the memorial prayer for departed loved ones, is said four times a year: The eighth day of Passover, the second day of Shavuot, Yom Kippur, and Shemini Atzeret.

In Israel, where the holiday calendar is somewhat different, we say Yizkor on: The 7th day of Passover, Shavuot (there is only one day), Yom Kippur and Simchat Torah (which is combined with Shemini Atzeret).

The text of the prayer asks G‑d that the souls of our loved be “bound up in the bond of life with the souls of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, and with the other righteous men and women who are in Gan Eden” in merit of the charity that we give in their honor.

Yizkor is recited at synagogue during the morning services after Torah reading. In many communities, those whose parents are still alive leave the sanctuary for the duration of this short service.

Yizkor Dates

Here is a list of days when Yizkor is to be recited for the following years:

Passover Shavuot Yom Kippur Shemini Atzeret
2017 April 18
(In Israel, April 17)
June 1
(In Israel, May 31)
September 30 October 12
2018 April 7
(In Israel, April 6)
May 21
(In Israel, May 20)
September 19 October 1
2019 April 27
(In Israel, April 26)
June 10
(In Israel, June 9)
October 9 October 21
2020 April 16
(In Israel, April 15)
May 30
(In Israel, May 29)
September 28 October 10
2021 April 4
(In Israel, April 3)
May 18
(In Israel, May 17)
September 16 September 28
2022 April 23
(In Israel, April 22)
June 6
(In Israel, June 5)
October 5 October 17
2023 April 13
(In Israel, April 12)
May 27
(In Israel, May 26)
September 25 October 7
2024 April 30
(In Israel, April 29)
June 13
(In Israel, June 12)
October 12 October 24
2025 April 20
(In Israel, April 19)
June 3
(In Israel, June 2)
October 2 October 14