The Federation Blog

Our Goal for creating this blog is to give the Utah Jewish community a platform to have their voices heard. Topics for the blog will range from What does being Jewish mean for local individuals, parenting Jewish, favorite recipes to local & global frustrations with the Jewish community.

Ancient new

Ancient New

by Talia Goldberg, Community Schlicha

Untitled Poem by Yehuda Amichai translated by Rabbi Steven Sager

My father was God and did not know it. 

He gave me the ten commandments neither in thunder nor in fury, neither in fire nor in cloud but in gentleness and in love. 

He ad…

Lag Ba'Omer in Meiron

Lag Ba’Omer in Meiron

by Talia Goldberg, Community Shlicha

When I was in twelfth grade, I lived in a commune up in the city of Tzfat, with 7 other girls. I was a practicing orthodox jew and lived my life in a very different way than I do now. Tzfat is seen as a city in the sky, where you…

Is Aloha the Hawaiian version of Shalom

Is Aloha the Hawaiian version of Shalom?

by Talia Goldberg, Community Shlicha


From the moment you land in Hawaii, everyone greets you with the word Aloha. You hear it everywhere. You see signs saying “spread Aloha not Covid.” This make me wonder, what is Aloha? Is it like Shalom? O…

Yom Ha'Atzmaut 2021

A Look Back at Yom Ha’Atzmaut in the US

by: Talia Goldberg, Shlicha

This past week has been difficult for me. The week when Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, and Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, happen are always trying times for Israelis. These two days make me miss Isr…

Shabbat in Las Vegas

Shabbat in Las Vegas

by: Talia Goldberg, Community Shlicha


My first thought driving into Las Vegas, Nevada was OH NO, a big American city, there's going to be lots of traffic here! I need to turn around and drive back home! But I have made plans and reservations so I should stay and se…