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Israel Wahiche

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Morton Silverberg

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Lubov Domatova

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Hersh Buckstein

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Graveside Service

Faye Maker

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Jean Kashtelyan

Thu, Aug 18 1:00 PM

Graveside service

John William Komlos

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Lioubov Loundina

Thu, Aug 18 12:00 PM

Graveside Service

Sylvia (Blanche) Hebscher

Wed, Aug 17 2:00 PM

Graveside Service

Jennie Kochman

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Fedor Grinberg

Mon, Aug 15 12:30 PM

Steeles Memorial Chape...

Simy Soberano

Sun, Aug 14 3:00 PM

Chapel Service

Israel Wahiche

Fri, Aug 19 2:30 PM

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Morton Silverberg

Fri, Aug 19 2:30 PM

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Lubov Domatova

Fri, Aug 19 1:00 PM

Private

 

Hersh Buckstein

Fri, Aug 19 12:30 PM

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Faye Maker

Fri, Aug 19 11:00 AM

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Jean Kashtelyan

Thu, Aug 18 1:00 PM

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John William Komlos

Thu, Aug 18 1:00 PM

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Lioubov Loundina

Thu, Aug 18 12:00 PM

Private

 

Sylvia (Blanche) Hebscher

Wed, Aug 17 2:00 PM

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Jennie Kochman

Tue, Aug 16 1:00 PM

Private

 

Fedor Grinberg

Mon, Aug 15 12:30 PM

Private

 

Simy Soberano

Sun, Aug 14 3:00 PM

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Bonita (Bonnie) Gries

Sun, Sep 18 12:30 PM

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Pardes Shalom Cemete...

Andrew Mayer

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Evelyn Mintz

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Evelyn Shirley Bergstein

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Holy Blossom Memorial Park

Cemetery Address

72 Brimley Rd., Toronto, ON M1M 3T1 (On Brimley Road just north of St. Clair)

Cemetery Description

The Holy Blossom Temple sections in Pardes Shalom Cemetery are RR and TT. The cemetery is located on Dufferin Street, north of Major Mackenzie Drive.

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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