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Synagogues are now conducting active shooter drills during services

07/04/2019 08:22:55 AM


In Salt Lake City, the Utah Highway Patrol gave Congregation Kol Ami, a liberal synagogue, a briefing on security procedures. While the briefing did not include an active drill, Rabbi Samuel Spector said just having a plan in place made people feel more comfortable.

“People were saying, ‘OK, now I’m thinking about what my escape route would be,’” Spector said. “If I’m here, could I throw my siddur at the person? I think that a lot of people, at least that night, started to think about their plan.”


Utah Memorial Day observances deeply personal for many

05/28/2019 05:58:48 PM


Cantor Wendy Elizabeth Bat-Sarah of Congregation Kol Ami offered the benediction. She thanked God for numerous blessings bestowed upon the United States.

"Out of the many nations of this world our county has been blessed with a singular opportunity to demonstrate how people of many faiths and heritages can live side by side and enrich one another's lives through friendship and sharing of our unique traditions," she said.


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.


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