yahrzeit1We are currently working on an inspiring project, building a custom WordPress Theme for the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America. The framework we’re building will allow museums and memorial groups around the world to provide an online community for Yahrzeits. The Yahrzeit is an anniversary of the death of a loved one in the Hebrew calendar. It is observed as a solemn occasion in all branches of Judaism.

These sites will serve as a memorial, so it was important to provide a way to present the Yahrzeit in a dignified way, allowing loved ones and sponsors to add photos, biographies and other information about each person. For the National Museum of American Jewish Military History it serves as a memorial space for all Jewish service men and women. The same WordPress Theme will eventually be used by other Jewish organizations around the globe, some of them veterans groups and others not. Our goal was to rebuild the existing Yahrzeit website, ensuring that we captured all of the functional requirements, while also ensuring that the User Experience was simple and elegant. It was important to make navigation and accessibility a top priority. Our design team worked closely with JWV to develop an extensible WordPress theme that would allow organizations the opportunity to easily customize their Yahrzeit site and using WooCommerce we were able to provide simplified e-commerce processes for purchase of Yahrzeits online.