We at Har HaShem want to support you and your family when there has been a death. Please call the synagogue at 303-499-7077 to inform us of a lifecycle event. Our clergy will guide you as you begin the mourning process.
Traditionally, Jewish people sit Shiva for seven nights beginning the evening of the burial. Reform Jews sometimes observe Shiva for one, three, or seven nights. Having a Shiva minyan allows our community to nourish and comfort the mourners. To learn more about sitting Shiva from the URJ, click here. Click here for a helpful resource about preparing for Shiva.
In Jewish tradition, when the year of mourning is over, mourners are expected to return to a fully normal life. There are several occasions each year when our loved ones who have passed on are memorialized. The most significant of these is yahrzeit, the anniversary of the death, which is observed according to the Hebrew calendar. Har HaShem gives members the option of observing the Hebrew date or the Gregorian date. As is the case in all Jewish holy days, yahrzeit observance begins at night. A 24-hour candle is lit and one may attend synagogue to recite the Kaddish [the memorial prayer]. It is traditional to avoid attending any celebrations or parties on the day of yahrzeit, and some people fast on that day.