App helps com­mem­o­rate loved ones

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

A NEW app has been re­leased to re­mind peo­ple when to com­mem­o­rate loved ones who have died.

The free “Jewish Funeral and Yahrzeit Me­mo­rial App” in­forms users of yahrzeit and yizkor dates on their He­brew cal­en­dar and pro­vides the right prayers and med­i­ta­tions for those oc­ca­sions.

Avail­able on Ap­ple phones, the firstof-its-kind soft­ware shows pas­sages in English, He­brew and translit­er­ated He­brew, and gives users di­rec­tions on how to get to the rel­e­vant ceme­tery.

The app was made by a com­mu­nal funeral ser­vice in New York called the Plaza Jewish Com­mu­nity Chapel. The non-profit’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Stephanie Garry, said that she sup­ported any­thing that “re­minded the Jewish com­mu­nity that they’re Jewish”.

She added that the soft­ware, which re­ceived 250 down­loads in its first 24 hours, would “en­hance the mem­ory of those who came be­fore us. It al­lows you to fill in grave in­for­ma­tion, so it’s a way to put down a bit of his­tory so it’s not lost for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

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