With the final touches in place on Park City’s new synagogue, Temple Har Shalom holds a special dedication ceremony on Friday, June 27, 2008. A luncheon and special conversation round out the week of activities.

Park City, UT – Park City’s Temple Har Shalom, the fastest growing Jewish congregation in Utah, will celebrate the dedication of their new synagogue on Friday, June 27th with a dedication and service, followed by dinner, dessert and dancing to live music by the Soul Survivors.

As the first new synagogue in Utah in decades, the new Temple Har Shalom symbolizes the strong growth of the local Jewish community. The 30,000 square foot synagogue will be home to the over 300 member families who made its construction possible.

“Historically, dedicating a new home is an important occasion in the Jewish faith and reason for celebration,” says Education and Program Director Dondea Sherer-Lykes. “The synagogue will be our congregation’s new home and will help define our identity in the local community and in Utah.”

The new Temple Har Shalom was designed by Alfred Jacoby, a world-renowned architect famous for his synagogues in Europe. Jacoby designs buildings recognized for their sprit of hope, tolerance and future after the Holocaust. The temple boasts a stunning stained-glass sanctuary, social hall with outside deck, and state-of-the art audio and video system. A mezuzah and cornerstone plaque will be hung at the dedication event.

All interested parties are encouraged to participate in the Temple Har Shalom dedication ceremonies. “Many people don’t know our history in Utah. Jews have actually been here since Brigham Young,” says Rabbi Joshua M. Aaronson.

Special summer events continue with a conversation between Edgar M. Bronfman and Deborah E. Lipstadt on Saturday, June 28, at 7:00 PM. The evening will include a Q & A session along with a dessert reception. On Monday, the temple and Samuel Bronfman Foundation will host a Luncheon Forum entitled, “How Our Judaism is Different from our Children’s.” Lunch will be served at 1:00 PM. For information on the synagogue, opening ceremonies and other events, visit www.templeharshalom.com or call (435) 649-2276.