About Us

B'nai Shalom V'Tikvah (BSVT) means the Children of Peace and Hope. 

Mission statement:

BSVT is an inclusive, egalitarian Reform Jewish congregation in the Durham Region committed to celebrating and fostering connections to the Jewish traditions of tikkun olam (repair the world) and tikkun h’nefesh (repair the soul) and perpetuating Jewish culture through observance, Talmud Torah (study of Torah) and community action.

How we hope to achieve our Mission:

Our diverse Jewish community allows people to find personal meaning and enrichment of the soul in a variety of ways, helping to make you the best possible version of yourself.  Come and celebrate the words and Jewish rituals of the past to enrich your present and prepare you and your family for the future.  We offer you a place to bring your mourning and pain, and a community in which to celebrate your greatest joys.

As a reform Jewish congregation, we believe the study of Torah, Avodah (prayer), and g'milut chasadim (deeds of loving kindness) offer effective pathways to the solace and the support you seek.  Help us help you to make the world a better place.  Please join us on this journey, enriching our lives as we seek to enrich yours.

With credit to Amy Asin,
URJ’s Vice President and Director of Strengthening Congregations


The Board of Directors consists of:

Past-President - Howard

President - Ron

Treasurer - Harley

Secretary - Leon

Festivals - Joanie

Life Cycle - Open

Ritual - Brian

Membership - Hartley

Fundraising - Beryl

Education - Joanie/Brian


What is Reform Judaism?
To learn more about Reform Judaism, visit the URJ site at http://www.reformjudaism.org/what-reform-judaism 
B'nai Shalom V'Tikvah is Durham Regions only Reform Jewish Community, located in Ajax, ON.

Cemetery Practice:
As developed by the Ritual Practices and Policies Committee:
"The bylaws and governance of the B'nai Shalom v'Tikvah cemetery section located in Pine Ridge Memorial Gardens will accommodate the burial requests of members of the congregation through judicious application of liberal Jewish practices that best reflect the congregation's values of inclusivity, diversity and the value of community. "

Our beautiful and serene cemetery, located in Ajax, ON allows for the inter-faith burial of couples (in one section) while preserving the traditional practices of the Jewish Community.