The Oraynu Cemetery has its own distinct section at Elgin Mills Cemetery, a non-denominational cemetery operated by the Mount Pleasant Group. It is located in Richmond Hill, on Elgin Mills Rd. just west of Highway 404 (turn south at first light), and east of Leslie Street. Our section is situated just east off the main entrance road from Elgin Mills Rd. We are adjacent to a veterans’ section with flat monuments and across the road from a park-like area.
Our identifiably-Jewish cemetery area is well-designed and landscaped with various trees, bushes and flowers. There is an attractive floral feature garden, framed with an impressive sixteen-inch pink granite curb, which provides single urn spaces for cremated remains. A small bronze plaque placed on top of the curb memorializes the deceased person. Around and beyond the garden area are burial lots and flat marker urn spaces where loved ones can be memorialized with granite/stone monuments.
Who Can Be Buried at the Oraynu Cemetery?
- All who identify as Jews
- Their family members, including their non-Jewish partners
Grave lot: one or two interments (casket/s and/or urn/s) allowing upright monument or flat marker of prescribed size.
Garden curb urn space:interment of one urn of cremated remains surrounding our garden area allowing 6” x 8” bronze marker.
Flat marker urn space: interment of one or two cremated remains allowing 18” x 24” flat marker
Note: Elgin Mills Cemetery allows burial of two caskets and/or cremated remains in a single grave lot. This option will be attractive to couples where one partner wants cremation and the other a traditional burial, or for those wishing to be buried in the same space. Couples where both partners plan to be cremated may choose either a grave lot or a flat marker urn space, or two side-by-side curb urn spaces.
Oraynu Burial Society
The Burial Society makes improvements to the section, creating an area that is visibly and culturally Jewish, and ensures perpetual maintenance for the feature garden. In addition, it handles the management and financing for the section.
All purchasers must be members of our Burial Society and must retain membership until death. In addition, since interments rights are only available to members, all purchasers must become members of Oraynu Congregation. If membership in Oraynu is discontinued, a nominal annual Burial Society fee is charged to rights holders while they are alive.
FAQs about the Oraynu Cemetery
Why has Oraynu chosen to locate a “Jewish” cemetery section at Elgin Mills and not at a Jewish cemetery like Pardes Shalom/Chaim?
- allows cremation,
- permits the burial of non-Jewish partners of intermarried couples and their families,
- allows a choice of funeral rites.
We feel there is a strong need for this in our community and we are happy to provide it.
If I plan to be buried in the Oraynu section at Elgin Mills, will I be able to have a funeral service at a Jewish funeral home?
Because intermarried couples may be buried in the Oraynu section, will non-Jewish symbols be permitted?
For more information and costs, please contact Robert Horwitz, Cemetery Administrator, at 416-229-9313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you may contact the Oraynu office by calling 416-385-3910 or by clicking here to email us from our CONTACT US page.