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Meet Rabbi Yosef Churba of Yizkor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rabbi Yosef Churba.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began Yizkor when a member of my congregation passed on and the family had very little education of the importance of performing after death services to help the soul ascend to its final resting spot without pain. Nor did the family know how to read Hebrew so they felt very inadequate to properly give the respect and help to their loved one. At that point, I reached out to a few of my friends and was able to facilitate the proper service through a third party.

It’s always better if the family performs the services themselves. However, if the family for whatever reason cannot, it’s important they arrange it for their loved one. I called my friend who creates websites. I told him we need to bridge this gap in Jewry so that every family can make sure their loved ones can have their after death services done on their behalf.

I needed a catchy one-word domain for the site. I thought of However, it was taken. My brother reached out to the owner and he said I would be honored to give it to you so it can be used for something special like this.

We quickly coded the site. I personally took responsibility to raise 18,000 to build the site. I give Simcha Rohdes the credit for building the site without taking any money upfront in order to get this project off and running.

Has it been a smooth road?
One of the hardest aspects of this project is to find qualified, respectful and responsible Rabbis to perform the services. Not everyone can perform the services. We look for specific qualities. We want the best chance these services are conducted on the highest level possible so that they be accepted by G-D. In addition, we want to make sure the services we said will get done are going to be performed. Not every person is able to perform all the services, although they may be great Rabbis. If their parents are alive, they are not allowed to say the Kaddish ritual.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Yizkor – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
We have accumulated 50 Rabbis who were willing to do the services three times a day. It’s a very special mitzvah to support poor needy families in Israel. In addition, it’s even a bigger mitzvah if the needy families are Rabbis.

During the unfortunate tragic duration of the COVID outbreak all synagogues in the world were closed. We were inundated with calls and requests to say Kaddish and visit the gravesite those who were buried in Israel but couldn’t go themselves. It was heartbreaking when you heard the families’ frustration. However, they were forever Grateful for for enabling them to have rituals performed.

In Israel, many of the 50 Rabbis who are employed by Yizkor lost their small income and through providing this service they were able to provide for their families at such a difficult time of the year. Every soul that we can elevate is considered a success. The more we can help the more we feel we are completing a mission no one else is doing. We are the only all-encompassing nonprofit organization that’s solely focused on performing all aspects of soul elevation.

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