In the Jewish faith there are many ways to celebrate the life of loved ones to help carry on traditions, customs and rituals. In addition to planting a tree in Israel in memory of loved ones, we know that many of you are passionate about the sharing of family stories to keep memories going from generation to generation.

In partnership with Jewish National Fund, National Jewish Memorial Wall provides several ways for family and friends to continue to remember their loved ones year after year through plaques, story sharing, and Yahrzeit customs.


Ways to Commemorate and Memorialize in Judaism

Plaques in Israel

Memorialize your loved ones in Israel by dedicating a plaque on the National Jewish Memorial Wall. This is a meaningful and traditional way to create a permanent physical connection to Israel.

Online Plaques and Memory Pages

Add an Online Plaque at njmw.org. Bring your personal stories, experiences, and family memories to a single place online for sharing and meaningful exchanges with those you love. Learn more about the wall on NJMW.org.

  Yahrzeit Reminder

A Yahrzeit Reminder is an easy way to remember both the English and Hebrew Yahrzeit dates of your loved ones. You can also send free reminders to other family members and friends. Sign up here to receive a free email yahrzeit reminder.

Create a Plaque >>   Add a Name >>   Set a Free Reminder >>


Plant a Tree in Israel

Planting a Tree in Israel 'in memory' of a loved one is a traditional way to honor the memory of your loved ones during Yahrzeit and Yizkor dates. Trees are planted for all occasions and holidays as well.

  Yahrzeit Candles

It is a Jewish custom to light a special candle five times each year to commemorate loved ones. On the Yahrzeit and before four holidays (Yizkor dates), a candle is lit at sundown and will burn for a full 24 hours before extinguishing itself.

  Jesusalem Stones

The act of placing a stone by the graveside of the departed is an age-old Jewish tradition that pays appropriate homage to the concrete loss of a loved one. By placing a small piece of Israel aside the burial place when visiting the cemetery a deep spiritual and physical connection to the land of Israel can be made.

Plant Trees >>   Order Candles >>   Order Stones >>



Jewish National Fund takes pride in offering ways to carry on the age-old traditions of Judaism and helping you maintain strong connections with family and friends.

Over the past 109 years, JNF has evolved into a global environmental leader by planting 250 million trees, building over 210 reservoirs and dams, developing over 250,000 acres of land, creating more than 1,000 parks, providing the infrastructure for over 1,000 communities, bringing life to the Negev Desert and educating students around the world about Israel and the environment.