Monthly Archives: December 2013

Jewish Utah – Congregation Kol Ami

Congregation Kol AmiCongregation Kol Ami was founded in 1972, merging the former Congregation B’nai Israel (Reform, founded in 1891) and Congregation Montefiore (Conservative, founded in 1899). Kol Ami means “All my people” and is affiliated with both the Reform and Conservative movements.

Kol Ami’s Rabbi is Ilana Schwartzman, a third generation rabbi, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. She joined Kol Ami in 2011.

Services at Kol Ami are divided between the Reform, generally Friday nights, and Conservative, generally Saturday mornings.

Kol Ami oversees all three Jewish cemeteries in Salt Lake City, each named for their former affiliated congregations: B’nai Israel, Montefiore, and Shaarei Zedek.

Kol Ami is located in the East Millcreek neighborhood, just off of I-80 at 2425 Heritage Way (2760 South). For more information about Kol Ami, visit their web site at

Using the Family History Library

The Family History Library (FHL) is located in downtown Salt Lake City, just a few blocks away from the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, the location of the IAJGS conference. In this blog series, we will acquaint you with the resources available at the FHL, how to find them, how to use them, and hopefully make your visit to the Library as genealogically successful as possible.

The FHL is the home base of FamilySearch, the genealogical branch of the LDS Church. The majority of their genealogical collections reside at the FHL. While many conference attendees may have access to local Family History Centers or FamilySearch Libraries, and all attendees can access their vast collection online, the FHL offers opportunities beyond those.

During the conference, attendees will undoubtedly escape to the FHL to do some research. We hope you can find lots of time to learn more about your family history. Pioneer Day takes place the week before the conference, so be aware of that if you are planning an extended visit — the Library will be closed on July 24th.

The Library hours are:

  • 8am – 5pm on Monday,
  • 8am – 9pm Tuesday through Friday, and
  • 9am – 5pm on Saturday.

Closing announcements begin 45 minutes before closing and patrons are expected to exit the Library before the closing time.

The Web Site is Live

IAJGS 2014 LogoOur conference web site is live. Visit the site at

There is a lot of information in the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). Also the Call for Papers is open and all indications are that it’s working great.

The Discussion List is also up and running, though we’re still editing some of the details on the web page.

And keep an eye on this blog as more information will start becoming available.