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Keeping our Synagogue Safe

05/09/2019 04:04:59 PM


Rabbi Samuel L. Spector met with Chief Brown, Deputy Chief Scharman, and the leadership of the Salt Lake City Police Department and Deputy Chief of Staff for the mayor, David Litvack on security with Rabbi Avremi Zippel of Chabad and Andrea Alcabes of the JCC on Tuesday, May 7th.

They talked about making our synagogue spaces safer and encouraged joint cooperation. We’re in great hands with SLCPD, who are committed to our safety and who have not detected any current threats.

Hate crimes bill signed into law in Utah

04/03/2019 06:27:22 PM


Ben Winslow

SALT LAKE CITY -- After years and years of trying and failing, Utah finally has a working hate crimes law.

In a public ceremony at the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday, Governor Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 103 into law.

"I think with the passage of Senate Bill 103, we are sending a message that everybody, every person, every individual in our society is worthy of dignity, respect and love," the governor said.


If the Utah legislature swaps out Prop. 3, supporters aren’t ruling out a referendum or lawsuits

02/07/2019 03:27:00 PM


SALT LAKE CITY -- Dozens of religious leaders and advocates for the poor are pressuring the legislature to reject a bill that swaps out voter-approved Proposition 3.

They met with lawmakers to try to persuade them to vote against Senate Bill 96, which would set enrollment caps, seek federal waivers and implement a work requirement. Lawmakers are worried that the sales tax voters approved in Prop. 3 isn't enough to cover ballooning costs that could hurt the state budget.

"It’s disappointing that the will of Utahns isn’t being respected," said Rabbi Samuel Spector of Congregation Kol Ami.


Student Organizes Panel to Spark More Philosophical Discussion on Campus

01/30/2019 05:55:12 PM



David Sanders wants to combine his love of radio and social ethics to engage students, staff and faculty in more philosophical discourse about issues important to him.

So, it was no surprise when Sanders, aka “DJ Dave Alive” when he’s on Radio SLCC, organized what he calls the Community of Peace Panel last November. In the Oak Room at Salt Lake Community College’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus, the international finance major brought together an impressive group to discuss spirituality, ethics and economics.

The panel engaged in “lively” discussion in front of 50 students and faculty members. “Rabbi Samuel Spector made spirituality very human, practical and enabling in ways that pointed toward solutions of learning and caring about each other, no matter the personal choice of living circumstance,” Sanders said. Spector, a rabbi with the local Congregation Kol Ami, specifically addressed the impact of the October 27 mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.


Mazel Tov to Beth Krensky

01/15/2019 10:22:15 AM


Beth was named one of Utah’s 15 most influential artists, chosen by more than 150 experts and fans. Read more.

Sun, May 19 2019 14 Iyyar 5779