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Sidney Finkelstein

Fri, Dec 02 12:00 PM

Pardes Chaim Cemetery ...

Bernard Samuel Silverstein

Fri, Dec 02 11:00 AM

Graveside service

Henry Smukler

Thu, Dec 01 3:15 PM

Graveside Service

Anat Gadish

Thu, Dec 01 2:15 PM

Graveside Service

Salomon Benayon

Thu, Dec 01 2:00 PM

Chapel service at Stee...

Zena Wise

Thu, Dec 01 1:15 PM

Pardes Shalom Cemetery...

Joanne Katz

Thu, Dec 01 1:00 PM

Pardes Chaim Cemetery ...

Diane Harris

Thu, Dec 01 12:00 PM

Graveside Service

Helen Suzan Dorchik

Thu, Dec 01 11:00 AM

Graveside Service

Rachel Hana Lishnevsky

Wed, Nov 30 12:00 PM

Pardes Chaim Cemetery ...

Dr. Paul Kortan

Wed, Nov 30 10:30 AM

Steeles Memorial Chape...

Cheryl Ann Federman

Tue, Nov 29 3:00 PM

Graveside Service

Sidney Finkelstein

Fri, Dec 02 12:00 PM

Private

3900 Yonge Street #205...

Bernard Samuel Silverstein

Fri, Dec 02 11:00 AM

Private

 

Henry Smukler

Thu, Dec 01 3:15 PM

35 Bainbridge Ave., To...

Anat Gadish

Thu, Dec 01 2:15 PM

Private

 

Salomon Benayon

Thu, Dec 01 2:00 PM

24 Hetherington Cres.,...

Zena Wise

Thu, Dec 01 1:15 PM

Private

Shiva will be observed...

Joanne Katz

Thu, Dec 01 1:00 PM

Private

103 Ivy Glen Dr. Maple...

Diane Harris

Thu, Dec 01 12:00 PM

Private

 

Helen Suzan Dorchik

Thu, Dec 01 11:00 AM

Private

 

Dr. Paul Kortan

Wed, Nov 30 10:30 AM

Private

 

Cheryl Ann Federman

Tue, Nov 29 3:00 PM

199 Grandravine Dr., T...

Judy Shub

Tue, Nov 29 2:00 PM

Private

 

Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park

Cemetery Address

5991 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

Fax

416-512-1518

Cemetery Description

Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park is a Jewish Cemetery located in North York, Ontario.

Jewish Customs at Cemeteries

Basic respect should be shown. Refrain from eating, shouting, singing. Try to avoid walking on the graves if possible.

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A visit may evoke words of Psalms or the El Maleh Rahamim memorial prayer. Sephardic liturgy’s Hashkaba prayer is said in hope of a peaceful rest for the departed. Syrian Jews read the lines of long acrostic Psalm 119 that spell out the Hebrew name of the deceased. This psalm expresses loyalty to the word of God and hope for salvation. The words that come to mind are also prayers if only written in the prayer book of the heart.

With minor exception you can visit a cemetery or grave on virtually all weekdays. Visitation are customarily not made on chol ha’moed–the middle days of Passover and Succot–nor on Purim, as these are holy days of joy. While visitation of the grave is permitted at almost any time, excessive visits are discouraged. “The rabbis were apprehensive that frequent visiting to the cemetery might become a pattern of living thus preventing the bereaved from placing their dead in proper perspective” (The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning, Maurice Lamm, p. 192).

Because contact with a dead body is considered a defilement, Kohens are not allowed into a cemetery except in the case of a very close relative, because they would then be unclean and unable to perform their priestly function. For the rest of us, the mitzvah (blessing) of performing these services for a departed person outweigh the defilement of being made unclean.

Transitions in Jewish life are often accompanied by water. A body is bathed in a poignant, dignified ceremony before burial. Jews-by-choice mark their entry into the Jewish people by immersing themselves in mikveh waters. Similarly, hands are washed after a cemetery visit to mark the departure from the surroundings of death to an attachment with life. Many of the cemeteries in the Toronto area have hand washing stations, many of which have been built by Steeles Memorial Chapel

When visiting Jewish graves the custom is to place a small stone on the grave using the left hand. This shows that someone visited the gravesite, and is also a way of participating in the mitzvah of burial.

Leaving flowers is not a traditional Jewish practice.

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