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Synagogue gets a neighbor

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Soon the cantor at Temple Har Shalom will have musical accompaniment outside.

Construction is underway on a new synagogue in the Snyderville Basin near where three large musical instruments will be constructed along the McCleod Creek trail.

Similar sculptures were installed by the Mountain Trails Foundation at City Park in Park City, and Mountain Trails chief Carol Potter hopes more instruments are built north of State Road 224 on property owned by the Temple Har Shalom Reform congregation.

"There is an existing park bench in the location that will remain," a report from the Summit County Community Development Department states.

The instruments will complement a garden surrounding the new two-story Temple Har Shalom synagogue.

"It’s really an amazing thing and hard to believe because we were such a small organization five or six years ago," former Temple Har Shalom President Bill Tumpowsky said as walls at the synagogue were erected this week. "It is an incredibly exciting time."

In the history of Utah there have been only five purpose-built synagogues, Temple Har Shalom Rabbi Joshua Aaronson explained.

Today there are three other synagogues in the state, Tumpowsky said.

"[Aaronson] came here with a vision. His vision was to create a center of Jewish learning in the Intermountain West," said Tumpowsky, who expects films during the Sundance Film Festival to screen at the auditorium inside the new synagogue.

"We’re already involved with Sundance and our involvement with Sundance is going to be dramatically enhanced once we get the synagogue built, because it is going to be a wonderful place to show films," Tumpowsky said. "That is really the ideal. It’s about creating a lifestyle."

The roughly 30,000 square-foot synagogue is situated adjacent to The Colby School.


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