This Yartzeit candle originally belonged to the Manchester Great Synagogue. Its purpose was to honour “soldier members of the synagogue who fell in the Great War”.
A few months ago the museum sent it off for some much needed conservation work and we were delighted when it was returned last Friday just in time for Remembrance Day.
Each of the 14 candles honours a different soldier. There is a plaque under each candle holder with the name and rank of a soldier and the date of his death according to the Hebrew calendar. A candle would be lit each year to honour each soldier on the anniversary of the date of his death.
This Yartzeit candle memorial will now be on display for the duration of the Centenary commemorations. http://tinyurl.com/nuo7sl5