CELEBRATING 152 YEARS OF PYTHIANISM

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Domain of Quebec

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THE LAST PYTHIAN MEMORIAL DAY WAS HELD ON
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 AT 11:00 A.M.
 


PYTHIAN CEMETERY



Located in the city of Laval, just a short drive from Montreal, is our Pythian Cemetery. The Association invites Jewish members of the Knights Of Pythias of Quebec that are in good standing to join our cemetery association, and to reserve a single or double plot. The fees are extremely reasonable. The Cemetery is run according to strict Orthodox Jewish laws and is recognized as such by the Orthodox Jewish Rabbinate of Montreal.


Another beautiful day to remember our loved ones!



Pythian Memorial Day
September 16, 2018

Every year, around the Yom Toviem, we  have the honour of welcoming members to our Memorial Service.  Family and friends have the time to visit the graves of their loved one.  This year we had summerlike weather for our family and friends.  Our Cemetery Secretary had the opportunity to speak to those assembled.  Below is a copy of his welcoming speech.

Dear Family and Friends

At the rising of the sun and at its going down
We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
We remember them.

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring
We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer
We remember them.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn
We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us
as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength
We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart
We remember them.

When we have joy we crave to share
We remember them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make
We remember them.

When we have achievements that are based on theirs
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us
as we remember them.

We are gathered here this afternoon for a special memorial service to remember our loved ones, and to say hello to our departed family and friends.  We know that anyone who is lovingly remembered has never really left us as they will always remain dear to us in our hearts and minds.

It is said by our sages that whenever someone observes the Mitzvah of visiting the grave of a loved one, the soul of the departed person will soar up in the heavens.  Performing the deed of visiting our departed loved one is considered to have special virtue.  It helps us to remember the people who gave us life, or whom we have shared our lives and inspire us to perform good actions.  Moreover, Jewish mystics believe that visiting the graves of dead relatives encourages them to intercede with God on our behalf

This cemetery represents the history of the Knights of Pythias, as it is the final resting place of so many great and dedicated Pythians.  These people helped build our Pythian Order and make it what it is today.  As well, many of these dear departed worked so hard to develop this cemetery association into the first-class organization that it is today.


Many Pythians that we remember today at this ceremony should be an example for all of us to follow, as we continue to work for our Pythian Order and the Jewish Community of Montreal.  I want to thank our president and Grand Chancellor Michael Berman, Vice President Marvin Goodman and Director Calvin Finkelstein.  At this time, I would like to remember the late Cecil Labow, the late Ivor Schwartz and the late Harry Shucker who have worked hard and have given great dedication and devotion to this cemetery transforming this land into a highly respectable Jewish final resting place.  We would also like to remember two distinguished Pythians who passed away this year, Sir Issie Nadler and David Aronovitch

There is a connection between the Knights of Pythias and our Jewish religion.  Our Pythian motto, our code of conduct, of Friendship, Charity and Benevolence, what does this mean in our Jewish religion and culture?

Charity is so much a part of our Jewish faith.  In the period of our Holiest Day, we are reminded of three important duties for Jews to perform, Tefilla, (prayer) Tsuvah (Repentance) and Tzavah (Charity).  Again, by following the motto of the Pythian Order, we obey and follow the cornerstone of our Jewish religion.

A great deal of the money we raise for our Pythian Appeal goes to Montreal, Jewish or Israeli Charities, the evenings many of us spend with the sick, the elderly, our war heroes, the injured, and the poor, all in the name of Pythian charities, fulfill greatly the commandments of Tzavah.  The volunteering of our time, energy and skills all go to make our community a better place to live in.

To memorialize the lives of such dedicated and devoted Pythians members, is a great honour and mitzvah, especially now that we ushered in the New Year of 5779 of the Hebrew calendar.  In honour of these precious holy souls who have left our world, to reap the heavenly reward, we beseech the All Mighty to indeed bless each and every one of us and our families and friends with a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.  May we all merit the coming of the Messiah when the Good L-rd will bring true peace and brother hood and understanding.  Amen.



Pythian (Quebec) Cemetery Association
Executive, 2016-2018



Michael Berman
President

Marvin Goodman
Vice-President


Calvin Finkelstein
Member of the
Board of
Directors

John Derrick
Secretary/Treasurer

James Indig
Past
President

and all around great guy!





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