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Utah faith leaders share goals, New Year’s resolutions for 2020

01/01/2020 01:02:37 PM


Trent Toone

Rabbi Samuel L. Spector, Congregation Kol Ami: “My goals as a clergy:

  • "Take time for self-care and putting on my oxygen mask before helping others.
  • "Increasing our social justice programs for helping refugees, homeless and hungry in our midst.
  • "Organizing with partners to include more people into our tent and bring new perspectives to our community.”

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Community celebrates Jewish Heritage Night at Vivint arena with menorah lighting during Jazz game

12/27/2019 12:53:03 PM


Peggy Fletcher Stack

 (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rabbi Avremi Zippel of Chabad Lubavitch of Utah lights a menorah during halftime as the Utah Jazz host the Portland Trail Blazers, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. At right is Rabbi Samuel Spector.

Hoops and Hanukkah were celebrated Thursday night.

In a display of unity and togetherness in northern Utah’s Jewish community, Chabad Lubavitch of Utah joined Thursday with Congregation Kol Ami, Temple Har Shalom, Chabad of Park City, Young Jewish Professionals of Utah and the I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center on Thursday to host the fourth Jewish Heritage Night at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

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Posadas Navidenas, Hanukkah & solstice — A guide to understanding 7 different religious holidays in December

12/18/2019 07:45:15 AM


Trent Toone

Cantor Wendy Bat-Sarah of Congregation Kol Ami said although Hanukkah is a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar, it’s still important to American Jewish children who typically receive presents on all eight nights. Families eat fried foods such as potato pancakes (latkes) and jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot), attend parties and often engage in charitable activities.

“Historically, Hanukkah commemorates a time when Jews were struggling against losing our religion and culture. In modern times it has come to celebrate religious freedom which we Americans hold so dear,” she said. “Jews have always been a tiny minority of the world’s population, and yet, by focusing on our core ethical values and by taking care of each other, we have outlasted all of the regimes and social movements that have tried to erase us from history. For me, this is the enduring understanding of Hanukkah.”


3 Questions with Fox 13's Bob Evans

11/12/2019 07:04:34 AM


Rabbi Sam Spector sat down with Fox 13's Bob Evans

Full interview with Rabbi Sam Spector — watch here!

Is religion off-limits on the job? What the law says may surprise you.

11/11/2019 06:39:14 PM


Peggy Fletcher Stack

The biggest frustration for Jews in the Beehive State is getting off for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana, says Rabbi Sam Spector of Utah’s Congregation Kol Ami.

Christmas is a federal holiday, the rabbi says, when most workers get a day off, but it is not a holiday Jews observe because they are not Christians.

For their holidays, many of his congregants have to use vacation time.

“Every year, I have to write letters to employers, begging them to allow our people to have the time off,” Spector says, “and explaining the religious significance.”


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