Category Archives: Jewish Utah

Jewish Utah – Temple Har Shalom

Har ShalomTemple Har Shalom, “Mountain of Peace”, seems appropriately named for the synagogue in Park City. Originally the Park City Jewish Center formed in 1995 with an ad in the local newspaper saying “the time has come!”, the PCJC became Temple Har Shalom in 1999, a Reform congregation.

Rabbi Joshua Aaronson joined as the first full-time rabbi to Har Shalom in 2002. They have weekly Friday night services.

Temple Har Shalom is located at 3700 North Brookside Court. More information can be found on their web site at

Jewish Utah – Congregation Brith Sholem

Brith SholemCongregation Brith Sholem was founded in 1890 in Ogden as Ohab Sholem. It reformed in 1916 as Brith Sholem and dedicated the synagogue at their current location in 1921.

Brith Sholem is the oldest continuously operating synagogue in Utah. It affiliated with the Reform Judaism movement in 1996 which most notably brings a student rabbi one weekend a month to lead services and classes, among other duties.

Friday evening services are held most weeks and occasionally there are Saturday morning services.

More information can be found on their web site at

Jewish Utah – Chabad, Bais Menachem

Chabad LubavitchBais Menachem is the synagogue of the Chabad Lubavitch of Utah, located at 1760 South 1100 East in Sugarhouse. Located in a building that was formerly a variety of retail shops and offices, the location was purchased and renamed Chabad Center Square about seven years ago.

Rabbi Benny Zippel is the Executive Director of the Chabad, along with Co-Director Sharonne Zippel. He is well known for his community outreach program, Project HEART — Hebrew Education for At-Risk Teens. Beginning with one call from a father in California to check on his son in a treatment center in Utah, Rabbi Zippel now visits numerous centers weekly, working with more than 200 kids.

For more information about the Chabad, visit their web site at

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