This accession consists of records relating to the community openeing of the Pardes Chaim Cemetery. The records include an invitation, a program, a pamphlet for the Pardes Shalom Memorial Garden as well as a speech by Sid Freedman, founder and Honourary Life President of the THMP and one by Bill Draimin, its current President.
The records were in the custody of Howard Mamon, Toronto Hebrew Memorial Park's current Executive Director.
Pardes Chaim Cemetery is the second cemetery established in the Greater Toronto Area by the Toronto Hebrew Memorial Park. The THMP was established in 1972 by Sid Freedman when he gifted property bought in 1970 to the Jewish community for use as the Pardes Shalom Cemetery. Collective ownership by the community which it serves has ensured that the cemetery will never be in danger of abandonement or dereliction. The THMP Board of Directors now governs two cemeteries, Pardes Shalom and Pardes Chaim, which was opened on 10 October 2010.