PARDES SHALOM CEMETERY
Pardes Shalom opened in 1977 and is THMP’s first cemetery. It comprises eighty-nine acres with ~30,000 burial lots. More than seventy member organizations have allotments in our cemeteries, including at Pardes Shalom. Every year, we service over half of all Jewish burials in the GTA.
Pardes Shalom is located at:
10953 Dufferin Street, Vaughan, Ontario
1.5 miles north of Major Mackenzie Drive
Contact: Jim Emery
Photo credit: Larry Nicols Photography
Pardes Shalom houses a memorial garden in a tranquil wooded area. It is a place to mourn and memorialize loved ones buried elsewhere or with no known burial site.
The idea to create a memorial garden came after THMP was approached by a Jewish family that had lost a son in a tragic accident in the Himalayas, where his body went unrecovered. Without a grave, memorial, or marker, they sought a concrete place to mourn and reflect on his life. Over the next several years, it became clear that many people in Toronto’s Jewish community would also benefit from a reflective space to memorialize the graveless as well as those buried outside of the GTA, including in South Africa, the United States, post-Soviet states, and Canada at large. From there, THMP planned its memorial design and brought it to life as a place for deep reflection and connection with the deceased. At the memorial opening in 2005, THMP President William C. Draimin, z’l, remarked:
“Memories are a way of affirming the lives of our beloved dead and the relationships we shared with them, enabling us to live a sweeter life. Pardes Shalom’s Memorial Garden is a hallowed place to remember special people who are no longer here in body. Their families and friends will now have the honour, privilege, and comfort of sharing moments with them, while experiencing nature, remembrance, and spirituality all at once.”
Since Toronto already has a designated Holocaust memorial site, our focus is on memorializing more widely and supporting persons grieving from afar. We offer a wide range of memorial opportunities. For more information, call us at 416.635.5595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.