PARDES SHALOM CEMETERY
Toronto Hebrew Memorial Parks’ first cemetery, Pardes Shalom, officially opened in 1977. Pardes Shalom is comprised of 89 acres and has approximately 30,000 burial lots. We service over half of all of the annual Jewish burials in the Toronto area, and over seventy member organizations have already purchased Allotments through our organization.
Pardes Shalom Cemetery is located at:
10953 Dufferin Street in Vaughan, Ontario.
It is 1.5 miles north of Major Mackenzie Drive.
Telephone number: 905.832.2549
Fax number : 905.832.6341
Contact: Jim Emery
Photo credit: Larry Nicols Photography
The Memorial Garden is located in a peaceful wooded area in the cemetery. A wide range of memorial opportunities are available. For more information please call 416.635.5595, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toronto Hebrew Memorial Parks proudly announced the opening of the Pardes Shalom Memorial Garden in October, 2005. The Memorial Garden is a place where families can memorialize and mourn their loved ones who are not buried in Pardes Shalom Cemetery but who have been buried elsewhere or there is no known burial site.
At the opening of Pardes Shalom’s Memorial Garden on October 16, 2005, the President of Toronto Hebrew Memorial Parks, William C. Draimin stated:
“Memories are a way to affirm the lives of our beloved dead, and the relationship we shared with them, thus enabling each of us to live a sweeter life. And this memorial garden is a special place, a hallowed location to remember special people who are no longer here in body. Their families and friends will now have the honour, the privilege and comfort to share a few moments with them, to experience nature, to experience remembrances, and yes, spirituality, all at the same time.”
Many years ago, a Jewish family approached the cemetery for such a place. They had lost their son in a tragic accident in the Himalayas and the body was never recovered. They had no memorial or marker for their son nearby nor a specific place to go to reflect on his life or mourn his death. The idea took shape over several years as it became clear there was indeed a need for something like this for the community. It also became clear that not only was a memorial for those who have no known gravesite needed but also for those buried in distant places not easily visited such as the former Soviet Union, South Africa and even the United States or other Canadian cities such as Montreal or Winnipeg. The focus was not to be primarily on those who perished in the Holocaust as there is already a site in Toronto for their memorialization.
Pardes Shalom in the Winter