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Veronika Itkina

Mon, Sep 27

Private Family Service

Michael Harris Lewis

Mon, Sep 27

Private Family Service

Ronald Metcalfe

Mon, Sep 27

Private Family Service

Jordan Goldberg

Mon, Sep 27

Private Family Service

Danielle Shimon

Mon, Sep 27

Private Family Service

Louise Sabty-Cohen

Sun, Sep 26

Private Family Service

Alexander Schonberger

Sun, Sep 26

By Invitation Only

Jay Safer

Sun, Sep 26

Private Family Service

Lidia Pokrachevskaia

Fri, Sep 24

Private Family Service

Rahel Iosef

Fri, Sep 24

Private Family Service

Lidia Hornstein

Thu, Sep 23

Private Family Service

Boris Shach

Thu, Sep 23

Private Family Service

Veronika Itkina

Mon, Sep 27

Private

 

Michael Harris Lewis

Mon, Sep 27

Private

 

Danielle Shimon

Mon, Sep 27

Private

 

Louise Sabty-Cohen

Sun, Sep 26

Private

 

Alexander Schonberger

Sun, Sep 26

Private

 

Jay Safer

Sun, Sep 26

Private

 

Lidia Pokrachevskaia

Fri, Sep 24

Private

 

Rahel Iosef

Fri, Sep 24

Private

 

Lidia Hornstein

Thu, Sep 23

Private

 

Boris Shach

Thu, Sep 23

Private

 

Debra Wellman

Thu, Sep 23

Private

 

Toby Gornstein

Thu, Sep 23

Private

 

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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