I’m a longtime member and employee of a synagogue in Southern California. Two years ago the wiring in our traditional yahrzeit display began dangerously malfunctioning. I was tasked with finding a solution, but was shocked to discover how expensive all our options were. Merely upgrading the old yahrzeit boards to modern wiring standards was quoted at $15,000. The cost of commissioning an entirely new wall display was far higher.
I explored the digital yahrzeit products available as well, but didn’t find any beautiful or unique enough to justify the prices I was quoted. So finally I teamed up with a colleague — Emmy-award lighting programmer and web designer Patrick Boozer — and together we created our own display solution.
That's how Y.I. was born.
We believe that interactive displays are the future of yahrzeit memorial. And we believe that all temples, no matter their size, should be able to have a yahrzeit screen that reflects their own personal aesthetic. So it’s our mission at YI to offer a product that is beautiful, customizable, reliable, and affordable.
--Jason Marx, Y.I. Co-Founder
When Jason first came to me with this Yahrzeit project I was struck by the simplicity and beauty of the tradition. This act of remembrance - passed down for generations - is incredibly powerful. The question - how could we build upon this tradition while treating it with the utmost respect and care - became something of a mission.
Yahrzeit Interactive was born of the idea - the singular driving principal - that our loved ones deserve a memorial that preserves their memory, elevates the aesthetic beauty of its surroundings and functions seamlessly.
--Patrick Boozer, Co-Founder, Creative Director and Lead Developer
Patrick Boozer is an Emmy Award winning Lighting Designer and software developer specializing in high profile projects with a particular focus on high-end design and artwork. Lighting Design credits include “The Academy Awards”, “The Grammys”, “So You Think You Can Dance” and many more.
Since moving to Los Angeles over 15 years ago and with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, Rachel has achieved recognition in the interior design industry as a strong conceptual graphic artist, professional colorist, and experienced technical FF&E designer.
Through her tenure at one of the top interior design firms in the world, Rachel focused on hospitality and casino design for luxury interiors both domestically and internationally. With these combined skills and experience, Yahrzeit Interactive is excited to have her on board as our Interior Design Specialist.
Rachel is a creative driving force behind our designers concepts; crafting a strong narrative she ensures that our team helps achieves the final creative vision of each client.
--Rachel Demeritt, Interior Designer Specialist