Rabbi asks synagogues to remember those lost to COVID-19 this Yom Kippur

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Coronavirus restrictions will affect how Jewish Americans mark Yom Kippur this Sunday, but one group is hoping to have synagogues around the world remember those we lost this year.

The names of Holocaust survivors, war veterans, teachers, community leaders, grandmothers and grandfathers make up the memorial page that Chabad began putting together in March, says Rabbi Motti Seligson.

“We had a whole team of researchers that were pursuing every lead in trying to find as much information as we could on the lives of these people at that's continuing,” he said.

Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 restrictions, many people were denied the traditional Jewish rights of burial.

To help make up for that, Chabad has asked synagogues around the world to include the names and their Yom Kippur prayers for the dead.

“We hope that it brings a little bit of comfort to the families of those who were lost,” Seligson said.

He says the group tried to include stories for every person who died and grouped them together by families.

The memorial list has over 1,200 names on it. 

Any one of the Jewish faith who has lost someone to the virus is encouraged to submit their story to the website. 

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