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Dear Community Members:
 
Tradition holds that Jewish holidays call for us to remember those loved ones who have passed away.  It is this remembrance, through tefilos (prayers) and pledging tzedakah, that we are able to bring merit to their neshamos (souls).  These tefilos and tzedakah allow the memory of our loved ones to grow, for it is their memory that has inspired us to perform these mitzvos.
 
As we approach the High Holidays, preparations have begun for the printing of our 5777 Yizkor Book, which will help us perform this mitzvah.  The proper way of performing this mitzvah is by making a monetary pledge for each Yizkor date, and to pay such pledge after each Yizkor date has passed.  There are four Yizkor dates each year, starting with Yizkor on Yom Kippur.
 
We hope you will take the opportunity to participate in the remembrance of your loved ones by adding their names in the 5781 Yizkor Book.  Through your participation in the Yizkor Book, you will be making a pledge each Yizkor (Yom Kippur, Succos, Pesach and Shavuos).  In this manner, the payments will be spread out over time and the mitzvah will be performed appropriately with the payment following the pledge.
 
Please fill out the Yizkor Book form (Link at bottom) no later than Friday, September 25.
 
Apart from the Yizkor Book, we ask members to provide the Shul with information about the names and Yahrzeit dates of your departed relatives so that we can send out reminder letters to you in advance of each such Yahrzeit date.  We are taking this opportunity to verify and update our database of Yahrzeit dates.  Even if you will not be participating in the Yizkor Book this year, please fill in the names and dates (i.e., the Jewish month and day, or the secular calendar date and time of death) for which you would like to be reminded, and return the enclosed form to the Shul office.
 
Sincerely,
The Yizkor Committee

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