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.

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 …

Fall Apple Cake Recipe

Written By Danielle Feldman Karr


The break-fast eaten after Yom Kippur is a fun time to gather together with friends and family while devouring delicious foods. Whether the break-the-fast dinner you attended this week had a few guests or dozens, the menu probably boasted tasty classic …

Is Sukkot the Most Utahn Jewish Holiday?

Written by Charlie Saginaw


Just on the other side of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipper, the more light-hearted “Sukkot” is a breath of fresh air compared to the solemn repentance of the High Holidays. I like Sukkot for the same reasons I like Utah, you spend time in crisp fall air eating…