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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.

New rabbi brings energy to Salt Lake Jewish congregation

12/17/2018 01:08:09 PM


Arianna Davidson

Silhouettes of dozens of college students preparing for Shabbat services filled the area as the sun set over the Congregation Kol Ami gardens in late August.

Despite the event’s proximity to the beginning of the school year, this was the largest amount of students Hillel for Utah Executive Director Dana Tumpowsky said she recalls seeing at any Friday night service.

Congregation Kol Ami is a Jewish synagogue in Salt Lake City that opened in 1973. In 2018, the congregation welcomed a new rabbi — Rabbi Samuel Spector. According to members of Congregation Kol Ami, Spector brought a new energy to the community.


Run, Hide, Fight': A Utah Jewish synagogue trains to face an active shooter after the deadliest assault on Jews in U.S. history

12/05/2018 09:43:40 AM


Gillian Friedman

SALT LAKE CITY — On a chilly Wednesday evening in late November, over 60 people gathered in the sanctuary of Congregation Kol Ami, Utah’s largest Jewish synagogue.

It seemed like any other night at the synagogue, with congregants exchanging warm greetings and admiring the large, nine-branched silver menorah perched on the altar, shined to a sparkle in anticipation of the upcoming Hanukkah holiday, which began on Dec. 2.

But as the congregants’ chatter hushed to begin the night’s agenda, they were faced with an unfamiliar sight — one that seemed completely out of place in the warm, light-filled sanctuary.

Before them stood not a rabbi in front of a prayer book, but two armed police officers in front of a PowerPoint screen, the words “RUN, HIDE, FIGHT!” splashed in bold black letters across the first slide.


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