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Kol Ami Featured on Disney's "Andi Mack"

We are on TV! Several months ago, Disney's "Andi Mack" filmed the Bar Mitzvah of one of its central characters in our synagogue. Several members of our community participated in various ways.

"Friday night, in a special one-hour episode based around Cyrus’ bar mitzvah – an extravagant celebration that includes a chocolate fountain and a fortune teller – “Andi Mack” will feature a literal coming of age on a show...Read more...

Local religious leaders celebrate a year of interfaith achievements

"Ellie Anders Thompson, the interreligious engagement coordinator at Utah Valley University, was praised for her service to the roundtable's young adult members. Betty Yanowitz and Sue Prottas, both members of Congregation Kol Ami, were applauded for joyfully and diligently bringing a Jewish perspective to the group. Finally, Lacee Harris, a founding member of the roundtable, received an award for his longtime service to the Salt Lake...Read more...

This new BYU student group seeks interfaith understanding

"PROVO — Maddie Blonquist celebrated the end of one interfaith adventure and the beginning of another Thursday at the front of Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library auditorium...Her sacred sounds research allowed just that, bringing her out of her comfort zone and into new houses of worship. She met Imam Muhammed Mehtar, the religious leader for the Khadeeja Islamic Center in West Valley City, and Wendy Bat-Sarah, cantor for...Read more...

Local choirs sing of this WWII hero on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

"Daniel Mattis was just 7 years old when he and his family fled their home in Belgium, just as the Nazis were bombing Brussels in 1940. Their train was the last to leave the station before the tracks were destroyed.

The Mattis family had obtained visas to Brazil, but their escape seemed impossible."

Read on below to learn more about Sousa Mendes's role in saving Jews during World War II and about the thought process behind the...Read more...

A Conversation with Jacqueline Osherow

"Poet Jacqueline Osherow says Hebrew school taught her that words really matter. But it was Utah where she came to understand the Psalm, “I will lift my eyes to the mountains, where help will come.”"

http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/conversation-jacqueline-osherow-0

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Jewish-LDS Academic Dialogue

Upcoming plans and topics:

Spring 2019 – Israel; 6th Dialogue Series
Currently planning for a week-long study seminar and dialogue. Topics TBD.

Spring 2018 – Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, California; 5thDialogue Series
Jews and Mormons meeting at a Catholic University!!! Topics to be determined.

November 3, 2017 – Video Conference; 4th Dialogue Series
This is planned as a video...Read more...

Utah Valley University Anti-Semitism Panel

Utah Valley University's entrance sign - Stock Photos 03Cantor Wendy Bat-Sarah participated in a panel hosted by the Interfaith Student Council at Utah Valley...Read more...

With new daughter, Rabbi Schwartzman is leaving, so Utah's largest Jewish Synagogue looks for a new leader

"For more than seven years, Ilana Schwartzman has led Utah’s largest Jewish congregation, but the third-generation rabbi and first-time mother is leaving Salt Lake City’s Congregation Kol Ami to be closer to family on the East Coast.

“With the changes to my family makeup [she now has a baby daughter], I am looking forward to [moving] closer to [husband] Art’s and my support systems,” the 39-year-old rabbi recently...Read more...

50 years later Friendship Manor remains a monument to how faith groups can work together to serve Utah's elderly

"It was a 1961 chat between a Unitarian minister and a Westminster College professor that proved the genesis for Salt Lake City’s Friendship Manor retirement community.

The Rev. Hugh Gillilan credited economics professor Robert Conrod for coming up with the idea that Nov. 30, 1961, day, as the two chatted in the school’s parking lot.

Gillilan’s First Unitarian Church soon was joined by Salt Lake City’s First...Read more...

Religious leaders are urging Salt Lake City and county to finish housing plan before a state law closes 1,100-bed shelter

"Nearly three-dozen religious leaders are urging the city to complete its affordable housing plans and ensure the region has hundreds of units available to low-income residents before the downtown homeless shelter is closed by July 2019.

The collection of ministers delivered a letter Monday to Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, saying hundreds of people could be left with nowhere to go if deadlines are missed for constructing new...Read more...

Commentary: Utah clergy respond to Nashville statement

"We each celebrate that all people are created in the image of God and that the diversity seen in the broad spectrum of sexualities reflects a diversity inherent in God’s creation. We rejoice in unions that honor God’s greatest gift of love, regardless of the orientation of the parties involved, and we see absolutely no inconsistencies with either tradition or scripture in accepting LGBTQ people as God made...Read more...

Utahns rally to condemn white nationalist violence in Virginia

"Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman of Salt Lake's Congregation Kol Ami said she graduated from the University of Virginia 16 years ago and is descended from Jews who escaped Nazi Germany. She has a 3-month-old daughter, and the violence nearly 2,000 miles away on Saturday made her too afraid to bring the baby to her speech Monday night, she...Read more...

Religious, community leaders dedicate Utah's first hospice for the homeless

"Rabbi Frederick Wenger of Kol Ami promised that those who volunteer at this hospice sanctuary will feel God dwell with them, citing others who were blessed for building the original tabernacle and sanctuary in Exodus."

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865628463/Religious-community-leaders-dedicate-Utahs-first-hospice-for-the-homeless.html

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Utah faith leaders call for "compassion, civility" amid controversy over homelessness

"SALT LAKE CITY — Amid continuous and at times fierce contention over state, city and county efforts to overhaul the state's troubled homeless services system, Utah faith leaders Thursday issued a joint statement calling for "compassion and civility."

"The depth and strength of a community’s character can be measured by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens," according to the statement issued by the Salt Lake Interfaith...Read more...

Women share their journeys of faith for Interfaith Season

"Virginia Hecker shared her personal experience of moving from a Jewish majority in Detroit to a Jewish minority in Salt Lake City.

Hecker wasn’t raised in a particularly religious family — they were mostly Jewish by culture only. However, when she moved to Utah, she found a book about what Jews believe and she decided to study it.

“Being a good Jew is about living a good life,” Hecker...Read more...

Utah Congregation praying for homeless children this weekend

 

"MIDVALE — More than 30 Utah faith communities will offer prayers this weekend in support of homeless children, reflecting on a crisis that policymakers, service organizations and religious leaders are working together to solve.

"Homelessness and hopelessness can go hand in hand, but they do not have to," said Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman from Congregation Kol Ami, during a Thursday press conference at the Road Home...Read more...

Unique menorahs make Hanukkah special for many Jewish families

"Nearly 70 of the youngest members of Utah's Jewish community descended on Home Depot last Sunday afternoon, donning small, orange aprons as they made their way to paint-splattered tables."

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865669809/Unique-menorahs-make-Hanukkah-special-for-many-Jewish-families.html

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President Uchtdorf calls for peace at "Volkstrauertag" gathering

"President Dieter F. Uchtdorf knows first-hand what it means to be a refugee. Twice during his childhood — during World War II and, later, the Cold War — he experienced the fear and uncertainty of being displaced from his homeland."

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865641616/Church-leader-calls-for-peace-at-Volkstrauertag-gathering.html

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Women's Assembly re-imagines traditions at Parliament of the World's Religions

"Maeera Yaffa Shreiber, a University of Utah professor, author and a lay leader at Congregation Kol Ami, said she recently attended an Orthodox Hasidic synagogue for the final of a sequence of Jewish holidays, which concludes with the Day of Celebrating the Torah."

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=36967141

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Religious leaders weigh in on organ donation

"Anything we can do to further life is a blessing, is a mitzvah, is a commandment," said Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman, leader of the Jewish Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City. "We know we live on in the memories of the people we knew in the world and in the acts of good we do in this life."

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=34070731&title=religious-leaders-weigh-in-on-organ-donation

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Celebrate miracles and share light, Herbert says at menorah lighting ceremony

"SALT LAKE CITY — More than 150 people gathered in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday evening, the first night of Hanukkah, to continue the Jewish tradition of lighting a menorah."

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=32785214&sc=backtomobile

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Religious roots: Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish, Congregational and other pioneers in Utah started in the late 1800s

"The first Jewish community in Utah began with a small group meeting together in an LDS meetinghouse in 1854. The first formal congregation was incorporated as B’Nai Israel (Children of Israel) in 1881, according to the Utah Jewish Genealogical Society’s website at...Read more...

Raising awareness about the Rwandan genocide

 

"Twenty years ago, Edouard Kayihura and Chantal Mudahogora were living their normal lives in their native Rwanda. They did not know each other at the time but one fateful day in April 1994, their lives changed forever in one of the most horrific ways imaginable. Today they are both survivors of the same tragedy that will link them forever.

Both spoke Sunday at an event held at Congregation Kol Ami in observance of the...Read more...

Children of Holocaust victims share lessons of WWII atrocity

"When Leslie Kelen recalls the stories his parents told him of their experience prior to fleeing Budapest, Hungary, during WWII, he speaks with reverence, sorrow and conviction."

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=28582823&nid=148&s_cid=rss-extlink Read more...

Church Services in Utah pay homage to Martin Luther King Jr.

"For members of Congregation Kol Ami, Sunday is a day dedicated to helping others instead of studying Hebrew and Jewish writings."

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=28417150&title=church-services-in-utah-pay-homage-to-martin-luther-king-jr

 

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Fri, April 20 2018 5 Iyyar 5778