Preserve the Memory of Your Loved One

In Jewish tradition, it is customary to honor the memory of loved ones with name plaques placed on sanctuary walls. Individual names are illuminated on their yahrzeit (anniversary of their death). Memory Lights the World is a way to honor your loved one’s legacy that transcends geographical boundaries, allowing you to see your loved one’s name, picture and story from anywhere in the world during their yahrzeit.  

Your Memory Lights the World package includes: 

  • Sharable memorial plaque: we will illuminate their name each year on their yahrzeit along with a sharable link to their page.
  • An e-booklet: ‘Memory Lights the World: Ritual, Poems and Prayers for Mourners.
  • Weekly online community: Holding Each Other, where you can say Kaddish.  

Create your memorial page online:

1

Select a package

Choose from options including a virtual plaque, memory page, and memorial writing assistance

2

Donate

Make a tax-deductible donation to Ritualwell

3

Create memorial

Enter the details of your loved one

Tax Deductible Donation

The Memory Lights the World package is evergreen: with your tax-deductible donation, your loved one’s name will be lit on our memorial wall annually on their yahrzeit date. 

Choose from one of the packages below to start preserving your loved one’s memory: 

#1: Virtual Plaque

$ 360
  • Virtual Yahrzeit plaque with yearly illumination

#2: Plaque & Memory Page

$ 540
  • Virtual Yahrzeit plaque with yearly illumination
  • Memory page with photo, story, and shareable URL

#3: Plaque, Memory Page & Editing

$ 720
  • Virtual Yahrzeit plaque with yearly illumination
  • Memory page with photo, story, and shareable URL
  • Professional writing assistance with up to two 1-hour virtual meetings, resulting in crafted biography/legacy story

If you need a different arrangement, such as a monthly donation plan, please reach out: ritualwell@reconstructingjudaism.org  

Frequently Asked Questions

Many Jewish people observe the yahrzeit on the Hebrew date of a loved one’s passing while others observe the date on the Western calendar. We have chosen the latter date for Memory Lights the World. If you would like us to edit the day that your loved one’s name is illuminated, please email us at ritualwell@reconstructiongjudaism.org.

Your tribute story can highlight the aspects of your loved one’s life that stand out for you, that can include the values they lived by. Consider what mattered most to them, their favorite activities, places, and experiences: draw on the memories that are most vivid for you.

Yes, you can create a memorial page for all of your loved ones.

Your loved one’s plaque and story will be prepared within 5-7 business days. 

Your package is evergreen; their name will remain on our wall and will be lit annually on their yahrzeit date.

Each memorial page is for one loved one. For more than one plaque, please contact us for adjustments. 

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