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Who and Why We Are

Mission: Congregation Kol Ami's mission is to provide Jews by birth, Jews by choice, and K’rov Yisrael interfaith families a place to join together as we worship, learn, and celebrate Judaism in a dynamic and caring community. Every person counts and everyone is welcome. 

THE CONGREGATION FOR ALL OUR PEOPLE 

Congregation Kol Ami is a congregation for all our people. We are a vibrant, inclusive, participatory, egalitarian synagogue that values the rich traditions of our heritage. We are a mix of Jews from many places and Jewish experiences, and our unique strength comes from our diverse backgrounds. We affiliate with both the Conservative and Reform movements and offer a variety of religious services, educational experiences, and countless opportunities for gathering together and schmoozing.

Salt Lake City’s Jewish community dates back to approximately 1854. The present congregation is the result of a successful 1972 merger of Congregation B’nai Israel (Reform founded in 1891) and Congregation Montefiore (Conservative founded in 1899). The Utah Jewish population numbers approximately 5,000, with membership at Kol Ami at approximately 350 family units, or roughly 1/4 of the Jewish population of Utah. We do our best to serve every Jew in our midst. Being a part of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Union for Reform Judaism gives us a unique and enjoyable to explore new ways of expressing our common Jewish faith.

In 1916, Simon Bamberger became the Jewish governor of the state of Utah. Louis Marcus became the first Jewish Mayor of Utah in 1932. We have a solid, positive relationship with our Mormon neighbors and a high level of mutual respect and appreciation.

Kol Ami now counts more than 1,500 families as members, hosts a vibrant and inclusive religious school and one of the city's most respected early learning centers. We are proud of how each member brings his or her own story to our diverse community—such as those who have a multi-generational history at our congregation and those new to the city or Kol Ami, of all ages and backgrounds who are seeking a Jewish community – a place to call home.

We are proud of our Religious School, of approximately 200 students. We offer a broad curriculum enabling students of all levels to engage in the wonder of Jewish learning. Utah is proud of its active Jewish community including the I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Center, the United Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services, the United Jewish Endowment Trust of Utah, the Joanne & Richard McGillis School, as well as local chapters of Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women, AIPAC, and the Utah Jewish Genealogical Society.   

Learning

Our educational programs are first-class, with an early learning center onsite, one of the finest fully inclusive religious schools in our city, and a robust adult education program. Our goal is to provide for a lifetime of Jewish learning. We also host a sizable library and media center, wherein our members may check out materials at no charge.

Prayer & Worship

With five active clergy members, we offer a dynamic blend of worship opportunities that span from the small and intimate to grand classical services incorporating music from our historic pipe organ. Our main sanctuary, constructed in 1931, is on the National Register of Historic Places and provides a truly awe-inspiring space in which to practice Jewish ritual life.

Now, as always,  Kol Ami is your home.

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