When we cannot gather together to say Kaddish
Dear Friends,

Jewish Law demands that we do everything we can to keep ourselves and others healthy, as our bodies are on loan from the Creator, and it is our obligation to take good care of them while we are using them.

At the same time, when we have lost someone we have loved, we need to honor them, and for the last seven hundred years the preferred way of doing that within the Jewish community is by saying Kaddish with a minyan.

Here is a prayer by Rabbis Jan Uhrbach and Ed Feld that can be said when we find ourselves needing to say Kaddish, but unable to be with a minyan to do so.

Courage.

David

Rabbi David Cantor
Temple Beth Shalom
3635 Elm Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807
direct line:    (562) 726-4116

Prayer in Place of Mourner's Kaddish
When a Minyan Cannot Gather 
Ribbono shel olam,
elohei ha-ru hot l'khol basar
Master of the world,
God of the spirit of all flesh,
it is revealed and known before You that it is my fervent desire to praise Your name,
and to remember and honor my beloved:
father/mother/son/daughter/ husband/wife/partner/brother/sister/________
by reciting the Mourner's Kaddish in the company of a minyan.

Though circumstances prevent me from doing so,
may my yearning and prayers find favor in Your eyes,
and be accepted and received before You as if I had prayed that Kaddish.

May you grant hope and healing to all who suffer,
and may we soon be able to once again safely gather in holiness and joy.

May Your name, Adonai,
be elevated and sanctified everywhere on earth and may peace reign everywhere.

Oseh shalom bimromav
hu ya·aseh shalom aleinu
v'al kol yisrael [v'al kol
yosh'vei teiveil], v'imru amen.