Ski Shul

Enveloped in breathtaking scenery and a resort town atmosphere, this stunning Utah synagogue so wants to accomadate members it moved Sunday school to Wednesday to avoid a clash with weekend skiing.

Hilary Leila Kreiger with Mountain Jews, the cover story from this week’s Jerusalem Post Magazine:

“At a time of soaring intermarriage and waning affiliation, a blossoming congregation in the most unlikely of places – a spot known for the Sundance Film Festival and outsize Mormon population it hosts – sees itself as a model for the future of Jewish life in America, a template for drawing Jews in rather than turning them away.

They call themselves “mountain Jews.” Not because they’re descendents of the rugged Jews of the Caucasus who have traditionally claimed that moniker, but because they have made their home here, where the snow-capped peaks of the Wasatch mountains define the way of life – Jewish life included.”

tip to Cantor Tamar Havilio