Defining Our Terms
by Judith T. Fox
Translator’s note: I’ve attempted to keep these definitions very brief. Fuller explanations of many of these themes are available elsewhere on this site and I encourage you to read them. If you still have questions, have other words you want defined, or just want more information, please fcontact the Director of Congregational Learning, at 860-233-2774,
The anniversary of a loved one’s death. It is customary to attend services and recite Kaddish on this day.
A language spoken by Jews of German and Eastern European descent.
A memorial service added to Festival services four times each year.
Yom Haatzmaut -
Israel’s Independence Day
Yom Hashoah -
Day which commemorates the Holocaust.
Yom Kippur -
A solemn fast day which is observed as a day of atonement.
Yom Yerushalayim -
A modern holiday which celebrates the reunification of the city of Jerusalem.