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.

Welcome To Utah

Written by Talia Goldberg

“Welcome to Utah”, I said to my friends when they landed here from the east coast this week. I am always excited to have people visit who are from back home in Israel. Mainly, because I talk about Utah with such passion that people think I’m exaggerating when…

Thoughts from Talia Goldberg (Community Shlicha)

One of my main goals as a shlicha and a religious school teacher is to help the kids in my classes to be publicly proud of being Jewish. I did not come to Utah with this goal in mind, but it came to me because of the kids and young adults I’ve met and spoken to since I’ve been here. Many…

Passover with my Progeny by Candace Swift

Passover with my Progeny

The table, perfectly set, was beautiful. The real treasure, however, was the PJ Library Haggadah. This gem walked me and my husband through the most meaningful and magical seder with our children.

Lighting the holiday candles with a blessing started the very differ…

Compassion & Generosity

Written by: Alex Shapiro


Motivated by the Jewish tenants of Chesed and Tzedakah – compassion and generosity – and a love for travel, 17 Utah Federation Donors embarked for a weeklong mission to Russia on October 12, 2019. While there, the group was immersed in many historical sights…

TV & Jewish Identity

Written By Elana Fauth


Once when I was a kid, I planted myself in front of the TV for my regular viewing of my favorite show, Arthur. In this episode, the characters were going to hang out at a bowling alley, but Francine was facing a problem. She was supposed to go to her cousin's bar …