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. We belong to both the Union for Reform Judaism and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and enjoy exploring 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.
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 Geneological Society.
Kol Ami is centrally located in Salt Lake County off I-80 and 2300 East, in the East Millcreek neighborhood.
It will be a pleasure to welcome you to our community!