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Vigil at local synagogue commemorates victims of Pittsburgh shooting

11/02/2018 10:00:24 PM


Salt Lake City's Congregation Kol Ami synagogue held a candlelight vigil Oct. 30 to commemorate the 11 victims of the Oct. 27 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh allegedly by a man who shouted anti-Semitic slurs. Among the hundreds who gathered were numerous faith leaders, including Rabbi Sam Spector of the synagogue; Father John Evans, pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, who was representing the Most Rev. Oscar A. Solis, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City; the Right Rev. Scott B. Hayashi, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah; Imam Amir Salihovic of the Islamic Bosnian Mosque; and Randy D. Funk, a member of the General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In a tweet, Bishop Solis wrote, "The Diocese of Salt Lake City strongly denounces the inhuman act of violence at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Prayers for those killed, injured, families & members of the Jewish community during this time of grief. May God's love conquer hate & peace prevail."

Salt Lake City Jewish community members call for love and kindness in wake of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

10/30/2018 10:00:58 PM


Erin Alberty

As a Muslim youth choir sang and leaders from more than a dozen faith organizations lit candles, members of the Jewish community in Salt Lake City called for love and kindness Tuesday in the face of anti-Semitic violence.

“We will not stop fighting for others,” Rabbi Samuel L. Spector told hundreds of mourners gathered at Congregation Kol Ami for a vigil in remembrance of 11 people killed in a shooting Saturday at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. “Those that have tried to eliminate us are no longer here, but we still are.”


Utah synagogue hosts interfaith vigil for Pittsburgh shooting victims.

10/29/2018 10:00:25 PM


Hunter Geisel

(KUTV) — A Utah synagogue is having an interfaith vigil Tuesday night for the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting.

Congregation Kol Ami — Utah's largest synagogue — is hosting an interfaith candlelight vigil in memory of those who died in the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, Oct. 27.


SLC Rabbi: 'We’re seeing xenophobia on the rise'

10/27/2018 10:00:44 PM


Lisa Nico

(KUTV) — A new Salt Lake City Rabbi is asking for peace in the wake of thePittsburgh attacks.

Rabbi Sam Spector of the Congregation Kol Ami said religious violence was committed in ignorance.

"I feel this person probably has a tremendous amount of ignorance to Judaism,” he said. “I can’t think of anything the Jewish community has done to provoke an act of violence such as this. Especially the Jewish individuals who were victims today.”


VIP New Faces: Rabbi Samuel Spector

10/18/2018 10:30:10 PM


Andrea Jacobs

Spector, 30, is the senior rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake, Utah. Born in 1988 in Seattle, Wash., he  majored in Judaic studies and minored in behavioral psychology at UC-San Diego, where he was active in Alpha Epsilon Pi. 


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